Monday, March 17, 2014

The Sadness of Divorce and Losing Friends

I’m losing two very dear friends, Sophie and Mia.

Sophie is an awesome criminal law attorney who is almost 30. She’s unmarried, blond and very intelligent. She’s half French, on her mothers side and Jewish on her dad’s side. She works for a law firm in New York and enjoys her job very much. Recently she was bamboozled into handling a divorce case. She hates divorce and divorce cases and it’s one of the branches of law that she swore she would never do. But unfortunately this one fell into her lap and she had no choice. Sometimes life is like that.

See, Sophie’s parents divorced several years ago and it was a very traumatic time for her and for her other siblings. Sophie felt as though not only did their dad divorce their mom, but he divorced them. She feels that her dad is angry with them because he felt they were on her mothers side. I know from experience how this can feel. You love both parents so much and yet you feel divided when you hear one talk of the other.

My other dear friend is Mia aka Maria Meiklejohn Durkheim. She is the woman that Sophie is working for, she's the client Sophie is representing in this divorce that she doesn't want to do! Sophie likes Mia and Mia likes Sophie. They feel a kinship right away and the friendship and mutual respect develops from there. Mia is a really great mother and in my estimation of how divorcing couples can be she seems very fair and except for a few moments in the beginning of the divorce proceeding she is not being led by her emotions but instead of what is going to be best for her daughter.

The sad thing about losing these two woman that have become my friends and that I've invested time and energy and emotion on is that they are characters in a book that I've read for my online book club, From Left to Write! may say, "Oh wow Alicia, they aren't even real friends, or real people!" But they are! Characters in a book become real to me and Sophie and Mia are now people that I will miss! I won't get to hear how the rest of their lives turn out. Or how Mia's daughter grows up having to share her life with both her mother and father. Will Sophie find true love with Matt, will she marry him, will she have children? How will she balance motherhood and her career?

I will never know any of these things, unless there's a sequel!

How I hope there is a sequel!

Do you become invested in books like this? Do you hate to see a book end because you feel like the characters have become friends and you are going to miss them? I have to admit this has happened to me more than once!

This post was inspired by the novel The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Young lawyer Sophie unwillingly takes her first divorce case with an entertaining and volatile client in this novel told mostly through letters and legal missives. Join From Left to Write on March 18th as we discuss The Divorce Papers through inspired posts. As a member I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I give it 5 Stars and 2 thumbs up!



Oliva Ohlson said... got me hooked! Must find this book and read stat! I feel the same way about books like you do...the characters become so real!

Alicia said...

I would really recommend this book. It's very unique in that it's written in letters, emails, memos but yet you find out so much about all the characters without getting bogged down in all the description of background that some books have. I hope you do find it and read it and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

I totally get this. I am so sad when characters I fall in love with are finished with their story.

Alicia said...

It's nice to know I'm not alone :)

~JarieLyn~ said...

You had me going there. I thought you were talking about real people, but I can totally relate. I often feel like that with books too, and sometimes with characters on TV.

Alicia said...

Oh yes, with TV characters too! Thank goodness for re-runs! This was a great book too!

Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill said...

I'm with you - I loved the characters and the book format! More please!

Sextant said...

The mark of a really good book is when you feel a loss upon finishing it. I have read books where I have pondered and worried about the characters for days even though I knew full well that they are fictional.

But think about it, once a person resides in your head, how much difference is there between a fictional or real person. Good character become very real.

Alicia said...

I would love a sequel for sure! It was interesting reading the format and the different fonts!

Alicia said...

That's true. I'm glad I'm not the only one that worries about fictional characters and misses them. You might enjoy this book Sextant. Thanks for stopping by!