Unreasonable Doubts: An Interview With Reyna Marder Gentin,
Appellate Attorney Turned Novelist
This debut novel is a great read that also touches upon important themes — By David Lat
November 29, 2018
It’s hard to believe, but the end of another year is upon us. And this means two things: an opportunity to reflect upon the year that was, including the general state of our lives and careers, and… holiday shopping.
As it turns out, I have a recommendation that can help on both fronts: Unreasonable Doubts, the wonderful debut novel of Reyna Marder Gentin, my fellow Yale Law School graduate turned lawyer turned author. It’s a legal thriller with substance, a page-turner that will trigger introspection and reflection — and that also makes a great Hanukkah or Christmas or holiday gift for the lawyer, law student, or lover of good books in your life.
I recently interviewed Reyna about Unreasonable Doubts and her legal and literary careers. Here’s a (lightly edited and condensed) account of our conversation.
DL: Congratulations on Unreasonable Doubts, Reyna! It’s a terrific read. And, unlike many legal thrillers, it’s also accurate on the law — which shouldn’t be surprising, given that you practiced for two decades or so before turning to writing. Can you tell us a bit about your path through the legal profession?
RMG: Sure — and thanks; I put a lot of effort into making sure I got the law right so attorneys reading wouldn’t be irritated by mistakes or things that could never happen in a real case. My decision to go to law school was less strategic than what I see with young people today. I was a philosophy major with a good GPA and I loved to read and write, and law school just seemed like a reasonable thing to do. I was very active in the clinical program at Yale Law and I fell in love with direct legal services. After I graduated, I worked for a brief time at Debevoise & Plimpton before clerking for the late Hon. Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York.
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“Reyna Marder Gentin’s Unreasonable Doubts takes you behind the closed doors of lawyers’ offices and courtrooms … a compelling look at the legal system with vivid and unforgettable characters who will keep you up at night, worrying about them.”
― Jimin Han, author of A Small Revolution.
“Reyna Marder Gentin’s passion for the law shines in her debut novel. And Gentin’s deft exploration of justice, love, and tradition sets Unreasonable Doubts apart. A new talent has arrived!”
― Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, best-selling author of Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion,
Its People and Its History, and the Rabbi Daniel Winter Mystery Series.
“Characters and plot are two of the most important vehicles that determine the focus and breadth of a novel. With Unreasonable Doubts, these vehicles work together like synergistic clockwork in
favor of the novel’s success.”
— Sandra Fluck, author/publisher of bookscover2cover.com.
“Unreasonable Doubts by Reyna Gentin. A blend of drama, romance, and legal suspense, Gentin’s novel is engaging and fast-paced, immediately sweeping you into the tale … Will justice be served? You might guess the end, but you’ll definitely want to know how the author gets there, because nothing is as obvious as it seems.”
― Dayton Jewish Observer, June 15, 2018
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“… intelligently written. There is something in this story for everyone, and if you are like I was, the ending is going to be worth the wait.”
― Reader Views, October 2018
“The crisply written Unreasonable Doubts moves quickly and keeps readers on the edge of their seat with dialogue that rings true. Author Reyna Marder Gentin knows her stuff and displays that in her debut novel.”
― Andy Gotlieb, Jewish Exponent, November 13, 2018
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“Unreasonable Doubts is a cleverly written crime drama, blended in mystery, intrigue and romance … I was a huge fan. It’s in the not knowing that really adds to the delightful romantic suspense of this novel.”
― Sara Steven, Chick Lit Central, December 5, 2018
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“Gentin gives us a little legal drama, a little psychological thriller, a taste of crime story, and lots of romance. Best of all, she gives us characters who come to life as real people who will stay with us long after we close the book.”
― Lorraine Cobroft: Reader’s Favorite, December 30, 2018
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