What happens when life and ambition collide with betrayal and disease? Sharon's comfortable existence as a novelist, wife and mother to twin daughters is shattered by a cancer diagnosis, and by her husband's affair with a graduate student. The only relief in sight is a new writing project—an engrossing serialized novel based on the story of the 19th-century actress Nelly Ternan, the young mistress of the aging Charles Dickens. Chronicling this infamous affair, Sharon is forced to examine with new eyes the secrets and struggles at the heart of domestic life, as she strives to mend her own marriage and heal her body. This surprising and intricate novel shifts between Sharon's Toronto and Nelly's Victorian England in interwoven chapters, asking deep questions about what really makes up the story of a relationship and a life.
KATE TAYLOR is an award-winning novelist and an arts columnist at The Globe and Mail. Her debut novel, Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, was a national bestseller, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada-Caribbean region), the City of Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
"Serial Monogamy is gripping and entertaining; Kate Taylor plays an artful game here using two time periods?contemporary and Victorian?to provide the reader with illuminating insight into the way that couples can at times make each other miserable while also making each other happy. The book is a page-turner as well as a clever take on Charles Dickens, his wife, his mistress and the fine art of the serialized novel." “Kate Pullinger, award-winning author of Landing Gear
"The focus of the Toronto writer's deft third novel is marriage and fidelity. . . . Taylor is a smooth writer and her time shifts . . . are executed without a stumble." —Toronto Star
"Compelling. . . . [Serial Monogamy] seduces the reader." —The Globe and Mail
Praise for A Man in Uniform:
• "A rollicking novel . . . The book moves along at such an admirable clip that it's hard to believe it won't carry on without you if you dare put it down." --Toronto Star
• "Taylor is an aficionado of belle époque France. [Her] twisting plot is rich in romance and disturbing in its implications about the fragility of human rights." --Elle Magazine
• "An engrossing mystery that neatly bridges literary and popular fiction . . . Taylor deftly draws out the delicate balance between civil liberties and national security." --Chatelaine