Serial Monogamy by Kate Taylor

Sharon is a novelist who is reeling when her husband leaves her for his grad student. A few months later Sharon is diagnosed with breast cancer. She is asked by the editor of a dying newspaper to write a serial to commemorate the anniversary of Dickens’ death. She says yes in the hopes that the work will sustain her. Every other chapter is one of the serials – from the perspective of Dickens’ mistress. The chapters in between are a story to her twin daughters about her life. Am I making sense? It is a great book – full of wisdom and heartbreak – a page turner in its own way. I loved it.