The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Publisher: Harper Collins, March 15th 2015
Set between two timelines, Kitty Miller goes to sleep from one life, and dreams of herself in another. One set in the future, the opposite of each other. In one life, she owns a struggling bookstore with her best friend in Denver 1962. In the other, she’s Katherine Andersson, married with three kids in Denver 1963. The reason for the change of life is all based on a what-if moment of Kitty’s life. What-if she had not hung up the phone when she did?
I found this to be an incredibly engrossing story about a women living 2 realities. Although there were only a few things that I didn’t like about the book. I feel like this is one of my favorite books I’ve read recently. I liked the difference of realities, how they were just set apart by a few months. I liked not knowing which reality was the real one, and seeing the transition of one to another. Although the use of going to sleep and waking up in an alternate life is pretty cliché, I felt it was appropriate for the story. I liked seeing one take over the other as Kitty/Katherine has to decide which one is her real life. What I didn’t like was that were a lot of modern-day mentalities that felt out-of-place in the 1960s/1950s setting of the book. They felt more in-line with 1970’s progressive movements regarding feminism and gay marriage. Lars, the husband, seemed much to perfect, to ideal. Although that worked in the beginning of the book while he was still a dream, I felt that giving him a few flaws and dents would have made that reality more realistic and approachable. The decision, transition from one reality to the other happened a little abruptly. I felt like there could have been more a more difficult transfer. Everything just fell into place without any real tension or struggle.
Overall, it was a wonderful read. I finished in just a couple of days, I didn’t want to put it down. I look forward to any future work Swanson will produce.
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