Cynthia Swanson

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Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is slated to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the MPIBA Reading the West Award. Cynthia's second novel, the USA Today bestseller The Glass Forest, released from Simon & Schuster in 2018. Cynthia's novels have been translated into eighteen languages. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. She is available to meet with book clubs in person in the Denver area, or online elsewhere (http://cynthiaswansonauthor.com/book-...). Find Cynthia at www.cynthiaswansonauthor.com and follow her on Fac ...more

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Cynthia Swanson Hi, Vicky. Initially, the story was set in the present day. I realized shortly into a first draft that the story belonged in an earlier era.…moreHi, Vicky. Initially, the story was set in the present day. I realized shortly into a first draft that the story belonged in an earlier era. Technology and our fast-paced lifestyle were incongruous with the slow way in which Kitty had to find out what was happening. I chose the 60s because I love the era design-wise -- the clothes, the cars, the homes and funishings. And it was a fascinating time of social change, so that worked well for the story. Thanks for reading The Bookseller!(less)
Cynthia Swanson Hi, Ray. Interesting question! My upcoming second novel, The Glass Forest, takes place in 1960 and includes three narrators -- age 21, age 17, and one…moreHi, Ray. Interesting question! My upcoming second novel, The Glass Forest, takes place in 1960 and includes three narrators -- age 21, age 17, and one who tells the family history, starting when she's 20 through age 38. So perhaps that setup satisfies this request. The Glass Forest releases on February 6, 2018 -- make sure to keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

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The Bookseller

3.67 avg rating — 17,661 ratings — published 2015 — 46 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 3,344 ratings — published 2018 — 14 editions
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“I think suddenly about what it means to grow old. It means that all those that you loved as a youth become nothing but photographs on a wall, words in a story, memories in a heart.”
Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller

“Trust your happiness and the richness of your life at this moment. It is as true and as much yours as anything else that ever happened to you. —Katherine Anne Porter, Letters of Katherine Anne Porter”
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“But there is something about pleasing your parents, even when you’re grown up, even when you’re almost middle-aged yourself. It never goes away, at least not for me.”
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