Aside from Henry VIII’s wives, until the 20th century divorce was not a real possibility for women in bad marriages.
“While 19th century novels of adultery lent themselves to tragedy, the 20th/ 21st century novels of divorce lent themselves to comedy,” observes Susan Rieger, author of the debut romantic comedy The Divorce Papers.
“As a reader, I love both. As a writer, I’m firmly in comedy’s camp: sadness, anger, worry, sleeplessness, they’re all acceptable, but no rat poison, no throwing yourself under a train. Here are some of my favorite literary works on divorce.”