Review: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

Posted March 18, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

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Review: The Bookseller by Cynthia SwansonThe Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Published by Blackstone Audio, Harper Collins on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Psychological
Pages: 352
Length: 11 hours and 32 minutes
Narrator: Kathe Mazur
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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A mesmerizingly powerful debut novel about the ways in which past choices can irrevocably define the present—and the bittersweet confrontation of what might have been1962: It may be the Swinging Sixties in New York, but in Denver it's different: being a single gal over thirty in this city is almost bohemian. Still, thirty-eight-year-old Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She was involved, once—with a doctor named Kevin—but when things didn't work out the way she had hoped, she decided to chart her own path. Now she dedicates herself to the bookstore she runs with her best friend, Frieda, returning home each evening to her cozy apartment. Without a husband expecting dinner, she can enjoy last-minute drinks after work with her friends; without children who need to get ready for school, she can stay up all night reading with her beloved cat, Aslan, by her side.Then the dreams begin.1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They live in a picture-perfect home in a suburban area of Denver, close to their circle of friends. It's the ideal place in which to raise their children. Katharyn's world is exactly what Kitty once believed she wanted . . . but it exists only when she sleeps.At first, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. Even though there is no Frieda, no bookstore, no other familiar face, Kitty becomes increasingly reluctant to open her eyes and abandon Katharyn's alluring life.But with each visit to her dreamworld, it grows more real. As the lines between the two worlds begin to blur, Kitty faces an uncertain future. What price must she pay to stay? What is the cost of letting go?


The Bookseller took me completely by surprise.  I didn’t really know what to expect.  There is a constant shift between the real life and imaginary life.  But it gets confusing when you don’t know which is the truth.  Kitty is fine with being single, or so she thought, until she begins dreaming of this other life where she’s married and is a mother.  She finds herself slipping away to the dream life more often.  She doesn’t understand what is going on and begins to think she is crazy.  There are elements in each world that drive her back and forth.  She faces so many challenges with friendships, family, and deciding what is important to her.

On to the Narrator

The narrator did an amazing job with this book.  She brings you into each emotion.  You know exactly what Kitty is feeling and feel everything she’s going through.  Kathe Mazur has great inflection and you never wonder the tone of the story.  She brings the story to life and you are caught up in all of the same emotions that Kitty is.  I will definitely be listening to more books with this narrator.  Mazur doesn’t have any additional sounds in her narration and the flow is flawless.



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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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