The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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Penguin Canada, Apr 1, 2014 - Fiction - 288 pages
Hanging over the porch of the tiny New England bookstore called Island Books is a faded sign with the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A.J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

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. 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. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming him or for a determined sales rep named Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light. The wisdom of all those books again become the lifeblood of A.J.’s world and everything twists into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming.

As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we love.

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin reads like an unapologetic melodrama. In one moment things seem normal, and in the next everything is turned upside down and backwards. Thirty ... Read full review

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One of the blurbs on the back of this book says it best: ‘A reader’s paradise of the first order.’ That’s exactly what this book is. Literary heaven, at least for me. A book about books and bookshops ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young-adult novels, including Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also written for The New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in Los Angeles

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