The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

In My Favorites on October 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm


by Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher’s Comments (Amazon):

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love–love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession–a rare edition of Poe poems–has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

My Thoughts:

What is there not to love about this book? I love how it was organized. Each chapter begins with the title of a short story or a book and a note from Fikry describing what he likes about it, essentially introducing each character by what they read. I love the quirky characters and how their lives intertwined and connected. I love how A.J.’s sad life gradually changed (as did those of the people around him) and opened up with the introduction of Maya, Amelia, and Chief Lambiase into his life. I loved how Chief Lambiase evolved as a reader. I loved how books played a major role in the story. I love the plot, with all the unexpected twists and turns, with all its tugging on the heartstrings, with all its humor, and with all its references to books and reading. This is a quick read, but it packs a punch. All in all, a gem of a book and well worth a read, especially if you love books and shopping at independent book stores!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

  1. I’ve seen this book around a lot and it looks cute. I’m going to try to get it tied into a book club soon!

    ALSO, I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Please check it out and thanks for being a blogging sister.

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