Family Law: A Novel

May 4, 2021
Family Law: A Novel

When an ambitious female lawyer becomes the victim ofharassment, she must decide what's more important: her family'ssafety or the rights she's fighting for?Set in Alabama in the early '80s, Family Law follows ayoung lawyer, Lucia, who is making a name for herself at a timewhen a woman in a courtroom is still a rarity. She's receivedplenty of threats for her work extricating women and children fromtroubled relationships, but her own happy marriage has always feltfar removed from her work. When her mother's pending divorce bringsteenaged Rachel into Lucia's orbit, Rachel finds herself captivatednot only with Lucia, but with the change Lucia represents. Rachelis out-spoken and curious, and she chafes at the rules her motherlays down as the bounds of acceptable feminine behavior. In Lucia,Rachel sees the potential for a new path into womanhood. But theirunconventional friendship takes them both to a crossroads. When amoment of violence—a threat made good—puts Rachel in danger, Luciahas to decide how much her work means to her and what she's willingto sacrifice to keep moving forward.Written in alternating voices from Lucia and Rachel'sperspectives, Family Law is a fresh take on what the pushfor women's rights looks like to the ordinary women and girls wholong for a world redefined. Addressing mother daughterrelationships and what roles we can play in the lives of women whoaren't our family, the novel examines how we shape each other andhow we make a difference. The funny, strong, and yet tender-heartedfemale leads of Family Law illuminate a new kind oftimeless Southern fiction—atmospheric, rich, and with quietlysurprising twists and nuances all its own.