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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 becoming Katharyn?

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?

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    less depth than I expected

    I expected more from this book. It was readable, but shallow. Not as entertaining as books of similar depth I.e. Sophie Kinsella. Not a book I'd recommend unless you just really need something easy to read and are outbid books.

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    If only the author of the abstract wrote the book

    ...then it would have been interesting. I felt duped while reading this book. Great concept, but just terrible writing. The author wrote in a very prissy and unrealistic voice for the character. Sure, it takes place in the 1960s, but her thoughts are written like a bad episode of "Leave it to Beaver". Social norms may have been different, but this book, written from the first-person perspective, was so overly formal and...prissy. There's that word again, but it just fits it so well. Sort of like a women wearing "sensible low heels" to go on long walks around a neighbourhood. Even more sensible, flats. Authors, please take note: not all women want long descriptions of a characters outfits or shoes to set the scene.

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    Enjoyable!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was creative and intriguing, and I found myself invested in Kitty/Katharyn's character. I cheered for her and I cried for her. Overall, a good story!

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    Interesting twist

    At the beginning I didn't expect the ending to go the way it did. Definitely made me consider my own dreams in retrospect. Over all I'm pleased with this read. Very intriguing.

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    Unexpectedly likable

    I read this book as a book club choice and at first I was too excited about it but after reading a chapter or two I found I couldn't put it down. An enjoyable book and an interesting concept.

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