The Bookseller

The Bookseller

by Cynthia Swanson

Overview: 1962: It may be the Swinging Sixties in New York, but in Denver—as in many other American cities—it’s different: being a single gal over thirty is almost bohemian. Still, thirty-eight-year-old Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional life. She was involved, once, but things didn’t work out. Now she dedicates herself to the bookstore she runs, returning home each evening to her cozy apartment.

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, the ideal place 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. But with each visit, Katharyn’s alluring life 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?

“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

Debbie Weiss (02/07/16): I really enjoyed this book! Kitty and her best friend own a bookstore and she has an imaginative mind. She is 38, single and happy. She loves her parents and they live close by. Suddenly, she begins to have very realistic dreams. They are always about the same husband and children, but it is not a recurring dream because it takes place at different times with different events happening in the background. She knows that they are dreams while she is dreaming them and she looks forward (usually) to returning back to her real life. At some point, the dreams begin to last longer and longer each night and when she awakens, she feels confused as to what she has been doing recently in her real life.

The book is cleverly written and the story moves back and forth between the dream world and the real life. I loved Kitty ("Katharyn" in the dream) because she was a sweet and caring person. It was fascinating to see what really was happening to her. I highly rate this book.

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