Set in Denver in the 1960s, The Bookseller is the story of a woman caught between a dream life and a real life. Can she choose the life she wants – and if so, at what cost?
My New York Times bestselling debut novel The Bookseller (HarperCollins, 2015) tells the story of Kitty Miller - a single woman in her late 30s who owns a bookshop with her best friend and begins to have nightly dreams of an alternative reality in which she's a married woman with children (and no more bookstore). The Bookseller explores the butterfly effect - how one small change of circumstance can set off a cascade of different events. It's a fast, engaging read, great for discussion and introspection.
If you enjoy midcentury design, you'll love the 1960s clothes, music, architecture, and books that make up the backdrop of the story.
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Winner - WILLA Award 2016 for Historical Fiction from Women Writing the West
Indie Next selection (March 2015)
2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Historical Fiction
MPIBA 2105 Reading the West Award nominee
Colorado Authors' League 2015 CAL Awards finalist
Women's Fiction Writers' Association 2015 Star Award finalist
High Plains Book Award 2016 finalist
Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award 2015
Translations: The Bookseller is being translated into more than a dozen languages. It's currently available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Turkish. Others coming soon - stay tuned!
"Delivers on its fantasy scenario like a modern-day fairy tale...highly satisfying." (USA Today)
"A stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even." (Library Journal, starred review)
"Dexterously traversing past and present, fact and fiction, Swanson's clever first novel ingeniously explores the inventive ways the human spirit copes with trauma." (Booklist)
"Will make you think about the paths you could have taken - but even more so, what you can learn from them to make your reality richer." (Redbook)
"Swanson masterfully crafts both Kitty's and Katharyn's worlds." (Publisher's Weekly)