The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Originally Published on March 15, 2015
“What I’ve learned, what we’ve both learned over the years, is that nothing is as permanent as it appears at the start.”
“I felt that I was a joke to them. But not a good joke, not one that I was in on, too.“
“‘Acting is fun once in a while,’ she said. ‘But it’s tiresome to do it all day, every day.'”
“But there is something about pleasing your parents, even when you’re grown up, even when you’re almost middle-aged yourself. It never goes away, at least not for me.”
“It all just flies by, the big and the small, and some of it stays in our minds, but much of it disappears the moment after it occurs.“
“He’s teasing, of course. He’s never had eyes for anyone but her. Once, when he and I were watching a beauty pageant together on television, he told me that if Miss America walked into the room and offered to run away with him, he’d send her packing. ‘Even if she had legs to the moon, she couldn’t hold a candle to your mother,’ he said, his eyes luminous. ‘Not when your mother was her age, and not now, either.‘ I remember feeling a bit melancholy, wondering if anyone would ever adore me like that.“
“The imagination, it turns out, is a remarkably clever and hardworking creature.”
Synopsis: “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?”
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars