The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry — Review

June 17, 2014

I received a free e-galley of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin through NetGalley.

This book is great for so many reasons, but its greatest appeal may be that it is very much a book for book lovers. There are many love stories contained within the pages of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, but the greatest love story of all is that of readers and books, and that is just, well, fantastic.

A.J. Fikry, the proprietor of the island’s only bookstore, has suffered a succession of losses and with sales at an all-time low he begins to lose hope. Then Maya enters his life and, without immediately realizing it, A.J. begins to remake his life and become a part of the community in a way he never was before.

This book is somewhat bittersweet and as it progresses certain inevitabilities become clear. I won’t say anything else beyond the fact that it took me longer than it probably should have to connect the dots simply because I was in denial.

But really, this book is so beautifully written and the characters are dynamic and spectacular.

Just go read it.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry came out in April. It is fantastic and should be in every bookstore and library system (though libraries might have a waiting list). Basically, it’s readily available, so you have no excuse not to read it right this moment.


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