Kate Taylor
Serial Monogamy






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.



Praise for Kate Taylor’s A Man in Uniform:

“At the end of the nineteenth century, the Dreyfus case tore France apart, dividing families over its caustic mix of anti-semitism and treason. Kate Taylor’s new novel follows a mild-mannered lawyer whose involvement in the case reignites his passions, upsetting the equilibrium of his placid bourgeois life. With its fluid mix of detective fiction and domestic drama, A Man in Uniform is a gripping read.” —Kate Pullinger, author of The Mistress of Nothing

“A deeply enjoyable book, A Man in Uniform is subtle, suspenseful, intelligent—and rife with false beards and lace peignoirs.” —Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault

“In these times... we dare not have blind faith in the willingness of our leaders to defend our most cherished rights and freedoms. Taylor’s engaging novel, in creating a detailed historical world, reminds us of that ever-present danger.” —The Globe and Mail

“Author Kate Taylor’s portrait of honor and deception in turn-of-the-century Paris is alluring and suspenseful, an even greater testament to her skills as a writer when one considers that she draws her story from France’s most notorious political scandal. . . . A Man in Uniform provides twists and turns fitting for a cozy mystery with an interesting historical setting. The charm of Taylor’s novel lies in her seemingly effortless prose and plotting — and her ability to make room for touches of subtle humor.” —Associated Press



Length: 352 pp
Genre/Category: Upmarket Women's Fiction



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  The child of a Canadian diplomat, Kate Taylor was born in France and raised in Ottawa. Her debut novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award. A three-time nominee for the National Newspaper Award, she also writes about the arts for The Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as lead film critic and writes a Saturday column about culture. In 2009-2010, she was awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in journalism to study Canadian cultural sovereignty in the digital age. The results were published in the Toronto Star in September, 2010.