The premise is exciting, suppose you start having dreams
that are of a completely conceivable alternate life. They progress in time just
like waking life. This is what happens to Kitty Miller in 1962. A single
thirty-eight year old woman who owns a bookstore with her best friend Frieda.
In the dreams she starts having she goes by her given name of Katharyn and is
married to a man she loves and has triplets with.
The book was a fun read and made me think a bit about what
life then would have been like living as a single woman. And about how one
little change or missed connection can so intensely affect a life.
I enjoyed both Kitty/Katharyn and Frieda’s characters, and
their relationship differences in the waking and dreaming lines. The only
character I found to be a bit of a cardboard character was Lars Katharyn’s
husband. There was something that was a stressor for them but it didn’t flesh
Lars out for me.
I really enjoyed the time I spent with this book. I wondered
all through the book how the ending was going to go. How Swanson was going to
end this story. It was one of those great endings that you realize at the end,
it was the only way it could end. It's worth a read.
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 staying Kitty, or
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?
2. Hotel Transylvania
3. The Last of Us
4. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
6. The Gangster
7. When God Weeps
8. As Time Goes By
9. After the Darkness
10. The Hiding Place
11. Blind Trust
12. The Bookseller
14. The Silent Sister
15. Look Both Ways
16. Secret Door
17. The Royal Nanny
18. Between the World and Me
20. Birth of Venus
For number 20 you can use either the words Birth of Venus of use the painting by Sandro Botticelli as your inspiration. Here is the painting: