The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Finished 4-26-14. Rating 4.5/5, 260 pages, pub. 2014
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.
And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. from Goodreads
I spent a few years working in bookstores and loved the experience and, most importantly, the people I worked with. Book people are the best kind of people, diverse in all ways but their love for the written word. So, it is no surprise that I loved this book about small town bookstore owner, A.J. Fikry. When we first meet him he is a depressed man with no interest in being otherwise, until a surprise gift is left in his bookstore. His life changes overnight and so does he. He is a transplant to the small town of Alice and had never truly been embraced, but the bookstore itself becomes a community of the best kind and A.J. is swept into the this giving world when he needs it the most.
Lovers of books and small towns will surely love this breezy book, but anyone who appreciates a look into the mind of a life turned around by love will probably like it too. I think this would make a great tv show. I would love to hang out with these characters once a week to get my literary fix. Loved every page!
I’ve only read The Shadow of the Wind, but I loved it.
Surprisingly good, with a great female lead.
Never a lead, but always solid (Reality Bites & You’ve Got Mail being favorites)
I listened to this one on a road trip when it came out and liked it well enough. And it starts with Z and that means my A to Z April challenge is officially over. And just in time because I’m exhausted 🙂