Cynthia Swanson - Book Signing & Talk
Friday, July 3, 6 - 8 pm
Join us for a presentation and book signing with author Cynthia Swanson.
Cynthia Swanson is a writer and mid-century modern designer. She has published short fiction in 13th Moon, Kalliope, Sojourner, and other periodicals; her story in 13th Moon was a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three children. The Bookseller is her first novel.
About The Bookseller:
At one time or another, we’ve all wondered, “what if?” Cynthia Swanson strikes to the core of this tantalizing question in her provocative and haunting fiction debut The Bookseller, which follows a woman who must reconcile her reality with the alternate world of her dreams. It’s 1962, and free-spirited Kitty Miller runs a Denver bookstore with her best friend Frieda. She’s in her late thirties, single, and free as a bird to do whatever, and go wherever, she likes. She loves to read all night long, or get drinks with friends. She meets her parents for dinner often, and enjoys the company of her cat, Aslan. There was a man once—a doctor named Kevin—but things didn’t work out the way Kitty had hoped.
Then the dreams come.
It’s 1963, and Katharyn Andersson is married to a wonderful man named Lars. He’s an architect, and she lives with him and their beautiful children in a suburban area of Denver. This is the life that Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps. The more Kitty dreams, the more real her dream-world seems, and the more reluctant she is to leave it. But where are Frieda and their bookstore in her dream-world, and the other people from her actual life? Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?
This novel encapsulates the fundamental choices women have had to make for centuries: independence/career success vs. motherhood/romantic fulfillment. Readers will be immediately attracted to Kitty/Katharyn, who straddles that pivotal moment in time during the early 60s when women took on the question, “Can I have it all?”