Picks and Pans Review: Girl in a Blue Dress

updated 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Gaynor Arnold |

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This juicy novel imagines the private life of a famous couple: Catherine and Charles Dickens, here called Dorothea and Alfred Gibson. On the day of Alfred's funeral, Dodo looks back at his success, the birth of eight children and their eventual estrangement, made scandalous by rumors of a mistress. Arnold sticks close to Dickens's life story but changes all names, including book titles. Smart readers will connect the dots.

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