Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Review of The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

This book review was written by Eugene Kernes   

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Genre = Novel
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“I think back to the dream, and how it was snowing when I looked out the window in the girl’s bedroom.  Missy?  Is that the name?  Yes, snow was falling outside the window in Missy’s room.  I wonder that I can remember such a detail from a dream, that my mind can create entire snowscapes for my viewing pleasure while I am asleep.” – Cynthia Swanson, Chapter 2, Page 15-16

“Besides the joy of teaching a child to read, there is another benefit: for more than a week now, the dreams have disappeared.  Each night of that week, I sleep well, solidly, like a stone, without any dreams.” – Cynthia Swanson, Chapter 8, Page 86

“I bite my lip.  I cannot change the mistakes of the past.  All I can do is move forward with whatever future my new reality holds” – Cynthia Swanson, Chapter 31, Page 314



Kitty has always wanted a family, but circumstances prevented that realization.  One day, Kitty starts to have dreams, in which Kitty has what appears to be a family that Kitty has always wanted.  Dreams in which Kitty has full awareness in.  Lucid dreams.  The dreams are both very seductive, but also very troubling.  Within the dreams, Kitty discovers startling information.  Information that Kitty uses to find real references to while Kitty is awake.   Changing the way Kitty behaves, and engages with others. 

Kitty knows that the dream family is just that, a dream.  But Kitty cares for them.  Kitty also finds out that the ideal dream family, is not without their complications.  That there are difficulties and struggles that Kitty would have needed to go through to have this family.  The sacrifices Kitty would have needed to make.  This is a story of a coping mechanism that the mind creates to deal with trauma. 



The book has a slow pace, until close to the end.  Showing the daily routines, and how they change, to create a psychological twist.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?  Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest this book?
•What kind of dreams is Kitty having?
•Why is Kitty having the dreams?
•Who is Kevin?
•Who is Lars?
•How is Kitty’s relationship with Kitty’s parents?
•Is the dream family like?
•How is Kitty’s relationship with Frieda?
•What is a true companion? 
•What are the differences between the worlds Kitty dreams of and the real world? 

Book Details
Edition:                First Edition
Publisher:             HarperCollins
Edition ISBN:      9780062333001
Pages to read:       336
Publication:          2015
1st Edition:           2015
Format:                 Hardcover

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          2
Overall          2