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The Bookseller

Sliding Doors set in a bookshop

By Cynthia Swanson

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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.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM PRODUCED BY JULIA ROBERTS

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.

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?

A hauntingly powerful novel that freshly considers the timeless question - 'What if?'

Biographical Notes

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon 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 is being translated into more than a dozen languages and it was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award.
Cynthia lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.

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  • ISBN: 9781473674110
  • Publication date: 14 Sep 2017
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  • Imprint: Two Roads
Cynthia Swanson's novel 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 Magazine
The novel delivers on its fantasy scenario like a modern-day fairy tale... proves highly satisfying — USA Today
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
This is 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... This will especially resonate with fans of the movie Sliding Doors and the authors Anna Quindlen and Anita Shreve — Library Journal, starred review
Swanson's debut novel is slightly mysterious and thoroughly engrossing, one of those books that will stay with the reader long after it is complete — Romantic Times
This is the story of a woman coming to terms with who she is; both woman and novel are beautiful — Shelf Awareness
An accomplished first novel. It is interesting, intriguing, and ultimately satisfying — New York Journal of Books
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