If you're a big fan of 19th century American writers then this book is for you. Each chapter is written by a different author -- Henry james, Wm Dean Howells, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, to name a few. The story the writers collaboratively tell is a typical, 19th century, family-centered marriage plot. But as you read on, you realize the story is about fiction itself -- what is acceptable & what must be suppressed. The way some writers craft their chapters in response to previous ones becomes an absorbing plot in itself. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to hardcore fans of the era and/or genre.