The Glass Forest: A Novel

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“[A] triumph. Swanson is a name to be considered among the likes of Gillian Flynn, Chris Pavone, and Laura Lippman” (Library Journal, starred review).

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.
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About the author

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Bookseller. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller has been translated into a dozen languages. Cynthia has published short fiction in numerous journals and been a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. The Glass Forest is her second novel.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Feb 6, 2018
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781501172113
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Nul ne sait ce qui va arriver quand le rêve commence...

Une nuit, Kitty rêve qu’elle se réveille dans une chambre inconnue. Auprès d’elle, un homme qu’elle ne connaît absolument pas mais qui l’appelle Katharyn, et deux petits enfants qui l’appellent maman mais dont elle ne peut être la mère. Puis la scène s’estompe, Kitty ouvre les yeux et reprend sa vie de célibataire amoureuse des livres et libraire à Denver. Mais le rêve revient. De plus en plus souvent. De plus en plus puissant...

Face au miroir de cette autre vie imaginaire, Cynthia Swanson fait douter le lecteur. Qui est vraiment son personnage ? Kitty, la jeune femme qui a fait le choix de se consacrer à sa passion des livres et n’a pas eu d’enfant, ou bien Katharyn, l’épouse comblée, son double onirique ? Au fil des pages, les frontières se brouillent. La résolution, en réorganisant les morceaux du miroir, laisse troublé, stupéfait et ému.

Cynthia Swanson explore avec créativité les méandres de nos rêves, les raisons de nos choix et la profondeur de nos dénis. Un portrait de femme, et une évocation saturée d’élégance et de nostalgie de l’Amérique des années 1960.

A propos de l’auteur :
Cynthia Swanson est écrivain et designer spécialiste des années 1960. Auteur de nouvelles, elle signe avec Les rêves sont faits pour ça son premier roman. Elle vit à Denver, dans le Colorado, avec son mari et ses trois enfants.

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« Un conte moderne » (USA Today)
« Cynthia Swanson jongle avec les réalités de Kitty et de Katharyn, laissant le suspense entier jusqu’à la dernière page » (Publishers Weekly)
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