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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?
Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is slated to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the MPIBA Reading the West Award. Cynthia’s second novel, the USA Today bestseller The Glass Forest, was noted in Forbes as being one of “5 Novels With a Remarkably Strong Sense of Place.” Cynthia’s novels have been translated into eighteen languages. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. She is available to meet with book clubs in person in the Denver area, or online elsewhere (http://cynthiaswansonauthor.com/book-clubs). Find Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaswansonauthor.com and follow her on Facebook (Cynthia Swanson, Author), Twitter (cynswanauthor), and Instagram (cynswanauthor).
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