The Bookseller - Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller

By Cynthia Swanson

  • Release Date: 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 99 Ratings


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?


  • please don’t tell y

    By unuyhhb
    HBU please babe stop now B.B.
  • Great story, a little too much sex

    By ExPalmNewton
    Loved the story. It had me guessing the whole way as to where it would go next. I didn't know that the story line could be wrapped up to my satisfaction, but then it was. Good ending. There is one sex scene towards the beginning that was more than I wanted. I would have loved to recommend this to my teenage daughters, but not with that in there.
  • A though provoking read

    By DLM inWyo
    In this well crafted story the reader is continually challenged with what is real and what isn't. How would our lives be different if just one small deviation occurred? The story flows and each twist and turn brought the reader closer to reality; and yet the ending felt surprising.
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable

    By arghharky
    This book was a joy to read. I wanted to finish it to see what happened, but at the same time I didn't want it to ever end, so that I could savor every minute. I highly recommend this book.
  • The Bookseller

    By retiredreader
    This is a wonderful book. Beautiful writing. I could not tell where the story was going until the last quarter of the book, but the plot was seamless and lyrical. Obviously, I highly recommend it.
  • Very enjoyable

    By Cut wood
    I enjoyed this book. It's intriguing and amusing.