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The Bookseller (Reprint) (Paperback) by Cynthia Swanson

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About the Book



"A woman in the 1960s wrestles to reconcile her daily life as a single bookstore owner with the alternate reality she suddenly begins to dream about each night, in which she is a happily married wife and mother"--



Book Synopsis



A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.

Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn't quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Then the dreams begin.

Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It's everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted--but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn's life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?



From the Back Cover



1962: It may be the Swinging Sixties in New York, but in Denver--as in many other American cities--it's different: being a single gal over thirty is almost bohemian. Still, thirty-eight-year-old Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional life. She was involved, once, but things didn't work out. Now she dedicates herself to the bookstore she runs, returning home each evening to her cozy apartment.

Then the dreams begin.

1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They live in a picture-perfect home in a suburban area of Denver, the ideal place to raise their children. Katharyn's world is exactly what Kitty once believed she wanted . . . but it exists only when she sleeps.

At first, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, Katharyn's alluring life grows more real. As the lines between the two worlds begin to blur, Kitty faces an uncertain future. What price must she pay to stay? What is the cost of letting go?



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". . . An accomplished first novel. It is interesting, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying."--New York Journal of Books

"What if? These words tantalize and haunt us. In The Bookseller, writing with a sharp-tinged empathic pen, Cynthia Swanson takes us on a startling journey where a woman is thrust into the alternative world that might have been, had she made different choices."--Randy Susan Meyers, author of Accidents of Marriage

"Cynthia Swanson's The Bookseller is both a delightful and haunting exploration of identity, love and loss. With great style and compassion, the author asks the age-old question: 'What if my life were different?' The answers in this affecting debut novel are truly surprising."--Joanna Hershon, author of A Dual Inheritance

"Cynthia Swanson's novel will make you think about the paths you could have taken--but even more so, what you can learn from them to make your reality richer."--Redbook Magazine

"Dexterously traversing past and present, fact and fiction, Swanson's clever first novel ingeniously explores the inventive ways the human spirit copes with trauma."--Booklist

"I inhaled The Bookseller. I loved both of Kitty's worlds, and refused to put the book down until I saw how the tension between the two worlds resolved. A deeply satisfying read."--Ann Napolitano, author of A Good Hard Look

"Swanson masterfully crafts both Kitty's and Katharyn's worlds, leaving open the question of which of them is real until the final pages. Swanson's evocative novel freshly considers the timeless question, 'What if?' "--Publishers Weekly

"Swanson's debut novel is slightly mysterious and thoroughly engrossing, one of those books that will stay with the reader long after it is complete."--Romantic Times

"The novel delivers on its fantasy scenario like a modern-day fairy tale.... proves highly satisfying."--USA Today

"This is a stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even, and Kitty/Katharyn's journey is intriguing.... This will especially resonate with fans of the movie Sliding Doors and the authors Anna Quindlen and Anita Shreve."--Library Journal (starred review)

"This is the story of a woman coming to terms with who she is; both woman and novel are beautiful."--Shelf Awareness
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 338
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Psychological
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Author: Cynthia Swanson
Language: English
Street Date: March 22, 2016
TCIN: 50341918
UPC: 9780062333018
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-4604
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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