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Things Are Going to Slide by Rangeley Wallace
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Sep 30, 2012

really liked it

If one were to read only the short synopsis, Things Are Going To Slide, might sound like just another contemporary piece of women's fiction. But a reader needn't scratch the surface much in order to discover it is more than that.

This smartly written story by Rangeley Wallace, defies the genre descriptions typically used to tout commercial fiction. Though both a legal drama and contemporary romance, the author, an attorney herself, offers this work as an occasion to educate, as much as to entertain.

The plot: Marilee Carson Cooper, law professor who also runs the school legal clinic, is two weeks away from delivering her second child. Her husband recently left her for another man and she's just about to lose her long-desired and much-deserved job promotion, to none other, than her high school boyfriend, back in the small southern town where they grew up; this is just the beginning of things that begin to slide in Marilee's life.

The reader simultaneously absorbs salient clinical law facts (Wallace, the author, is a practicing attorney), along with cutthroat realities of law school academic office-politics, not to mention heartbreaking details of family law.

The story's light-hearted underbelly mixed with southern-family sensibilities make this novel a fast and enjoyable read.
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