• Print Length: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 3, 2015)
A mesmerizingly powerful debut novel about the ways in which past choices can irrevocably define the present—and the bittersweet confrontation of what might have been
1962: It may be the Swinging Sixties in New York, but in Denver it’s different: being a single gal over thirty in this city is almost bohemian. Still, thirty-eight-year-old Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She was involved, once—with a doctor named Kevin—but when things didn’t work out the way she had hoped, she decided to chart her own path. Now she dedicates herself to the bookstore she runs with her best friend, Frieda, returning home each evening to her cozy apartment. Without a husband expecting dinner, she can enjoy last-minute drinks after work with her friends; without children who need to get ready for school, she can stay up all night reading with her beloved cat, Aslan, by her side.
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, close to their circle of friends. It’s the ideal place in which 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. Even though there is no Frieda, no bookstore, no other familiar face, Kitty becomes increasingly reluctant to open her eyes and abandon Katharyn’s alluring life.
But with each visit to her dreamworld, it 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?
Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog and my stop on the tour for The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. I want to give a BIG thank you to the author, as well as to TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
The Bookseller is a work of fiction about a woman, Kitty Miller who finds herself in quite a strange predicament. Kitty considers her life to be a pretty normal, fulfilling life. She owns a book shop with her best friend and lives on her own with her beautiful cat. Until one day she wakes up in a different room and finds herself with a husband and kids, living a totally different life. In time she finds herself confused, torn between the two lives and in love with a man she doesn’t even know. What is she to do?
I loved this book! I had my nose buried in this book from the beginning til the very end. The story was interesting…it was like a touch of sci fi in a women’s fiction novel because I kept imagining this parallel universe that Kitty keeps getting sucked into. That was super interesting for me and it also made me sad to know the contrasting details of both of her lives (I won’t give you any spoilers, don’t worry!). It was also really interesting to see the difference in her roles in her different lives. In one she is a traditional stay at home mom and wife while in her “real” life she is an independent business owner.
I can’t really say that I absolutely loved Kitty. There were definitely things that she did that annoyed me like when she kept saying “oh well this life is imaginary”. I was kind of like, I get it Kitty. There are aspects of Kitty that I did like though like her teaching her little neighbor and the way she loves her parents. I feel like I would have just gone with my dreams rather than fighting it so much but I definitely get how she freaked out when her parents came up in dreams. Towards the end of the book everything kind of gets a little more interesting and we find out alot more about her “dream” life, it also gets pretty scary as her “real” life just starts to blur.
This book did not end the way I had thought it would, it was totally unexpected and a really good twist to the story. The ending was definitely beautiful and wrapped up in a really great way. My feelings toward Kitty sometimes didn’t affect the way I enjoyed the book. I really loved this book. It kept me really entertained throughout, I never got bored. It made me reflect on how much I love my life, which I think is something that Kitty also needed to realize. I definitely recommend giving this book a read, four stars!
Cynthia Swanson is a writer and a designer of the midcentury modern style. She has published short fiction in 13th Moon, Kalliope, Sojourner, and other periodicals; her story in 13th Moon was a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three children. The Bookseller is her first novel.