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The Bookseller

A Novel

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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 Publishers Weekly

Jan 26, 2015 – In 1962, Kitty wakes in Katharyn's bed next to Katharyn's husband, Lars. Down the hall are Katharyn's children: Missy, Mitch, and Michael. In the mirror, Katharyn's reflection looks exactly like Kitty's, and Kitty is able to recall specific memories and behaviors of Katharyn's with disturbing accuracy. But Kitty and Katharyn are not the same Katharyn is just the woman Kitty becomes in her dreams. In reality, Kitty is single, childless, and owns a floundering bookstore with her best friend, Frieda. She has pursuits and interests that Katharyn's life has no room for. Initially believing that Katharyn is a figment of her imagination, a pleasant dream showing what married life could have been like, Kitty identifies the one moment that prevented her life from becoming Katharyn's. Kitty's uncertainty about which woman's reality is real consumes her. 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?"

Customer Reviews

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Great story, a little too much sex

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

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.

The Bookseller
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Mar 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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