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The Bookseller: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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 exists only 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 becoming Katharyn? As the line between her worlds begins to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined.

©2015 Cynthia Swanson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Lisa EBK 06-22-15
    Lisa EBK 06-22-15
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    "mixed feelings"

    The idea was wonderful but the narrators voice grew old quickly and the plot lost steam. Wasn't too hard to figure out where she was going with the story and if I had been literally reading the book I would have skimmed. Description of Denver in the 1960s was enjoyable as was the relationships between "sisters" and mother/father/daughter. Relationship with children felt too Norman Rockwell on one hand and too uncomfortable on the other. Very disturbing emotional reaction to special needs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie B. 06-12-15
    Laurie B. 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "No no no"

    Yuck. I didn't realize it was a romance novel. I might have been okay with that but the performer should be embarrassed about the characters voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Springfield, OR, United States 06-04-15
    Timothy Springfield, OR, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    Interesting premise. Too bad that it's stretched out to a point it's very anticlimactic.

    The narrator is pretty good, the story is not bad. It just lacks luster I guess.

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    Elisha Koerdt 04-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Unexpectedly Intriguing - I couldn't stop listening!"
    If you could sum up The Bookseller in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, complex, relatable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katherine/Kitty I loved the contrast of the same character struggling to find reality in two very different lives. She was able to see herself from two perspectives and specifically how other key people in each life shaped the woman she had become.I related to her in many ways but particularly how she deeply cared for her loved ones and their happiness. Furthermore, I think any wife/mother/career woman can relate to how she had to prioritize and shift her time, effort, and interest as her life evolved as Katherine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an emotional reaction but I had an extreme need to keep listening to this book. It captured my attention from the beginning (which doesn't happen often). I found myself listening every free minute I could find and increasing the reading speed to get to the end within 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really made me think not only about the interesting storyline of two parallel lives; but about being a woman--wife, mother, friend, and daughter--in the 1960s. I don't often take the time to write a review as soon as I finish a book but this one inspired me to encourage others to listen to this intriguing book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Reynolds 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bookseller enjoyable listen"

    An enjoyable listen. Good story for traveling. Nothing too heavy just a light read. Would recommend as a quick time passer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-14-16 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    What made the experience of listening to The Bookseller the most enjoyable?

    Going through the "flashbacks" with her, and at certain points in the book not knowing which was her "real life," and which was the fantasy!


    What other book might you compare The Bookseller to and why?

    I don't know, I never answer this ?, I hate it!!!!!


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, flow between characters. Couldn't tell where one character started and the other left off. Very important when listening, a bad narrator can ruin a good book that way.Plus,, smooth voice, easy on the ear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Don't want to have spoilers, so...Lars_(beginning)Michael-Mom/Dad


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, could have been condensed, read it in one sitting.
    The story had a lot of interesting subplots. Very likeable characters!!!

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    Reading Teacher 07-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprising gem"

    I knew nothing about this book when I bought it. The story seemed strange at the beginning and then sucked me in as I realized what was happening. This would make a great book club book. Lots to talk about.

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    Jacquelyn 07-22-16
    Jacquelyn 07-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I had to give up on this one..."
    What disappointed you about The Bookseller?

    It is such an interesting premise, and then...nothing happens! There is no character development. Lars, Frida, and Catherine all are flat, and lifeless. There was a 45 minute stretch where Catherine was describing shoe shopping for her children at a suburban shopping mall, and I almost fell asleep, but I slugged it out, hoping to be rewarded with some plot development. No such luck.


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    W. Swore pocatello, ID 83202 07-19-16
    W. Swore pocatello, ID 83202 07-19-16 Member Since 2015

    mrs farm girl

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    "Surprisingly Awesome."

    Eloquent and mysterious, this book follows our Kitty as she becomes stuck between two worlds. One world offers passion, love, and a whole new responsibility, but the has people she's known and loved her whole life. Unfirt

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    Janice Yeater 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "this was a wonderful story"

    i absolutely loved this book! I cannot imagine being more engrossed while reading the physical pages then I was while listening to the story.

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