This book was published in the last decade, probably in the last five years. The story, if I remember correctly, takes place in the present - meaning when the book was published.

In one universe a few people survive in a timeline where the Cuban Missile crisis turned into full-scale war and the world was devastated. Somehow this universe 'bleeds' into our universe, just how I don't know.

I saw the book in a bookstore but I never read it. Does anyone know what this is?

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Pretty sure the book in question is Brad Ferguson's The World Next Door, even though the publication predates your time frame.

From Goodreads:

The story itself is about an Upstate New York town in the decades following a nuclear war - a war that broke out in 1962. The townspeople begin having dreams in which they appear to be living in a future world (one with computers, fast food and everything else we're familiar with here in reality) that is on the brink of their own nuclear war. Slowly, one reality begins to merge into the other...

The Cuban Missile Crisis aspect is there, as is the "bleed through" aspect.

Here's the cover:

World next door cover

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