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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 becoming Katharyn? As the line between her worlds begins to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “The novel delivers on its fantasy scenario like a modern-day fairy tale….proves highly satisfying.

    USA Today

  • “It is interesting, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “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, redolent with issues of family, independence, friendship, and free will.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “Kathe Mazur’s successful narration of Swanson’s debut focuses on a single middle-aged woman in 1962…Mazur’s smooth tone becomes almost seductive, making the listener want to know more about which life is the character’s true reality. Mazur distinguishes between the characters’ parallel lives with expressiveness and purposeful clarity.”

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