Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is an American author and screen writer. She has written eight books, adult and young adult novels.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a delightful story about a bookstore. Fikry, recently widowed, is cranky, drinks too much and has no vision of a future worth bothering with. His bookstore, brainchild of his deceased wife, is failing and he doesn’t really care. Drunken, he dreams of his wife while someone steals his very desirable, first edition Edgar Allen Poe. Life changes soon after, when an odd gift is left for him at the bookstore. Life, once again, becomes interesting for Fikry.

Zevin is spare with her words. Description is used when it is necessary for the story, but does not clutter the stage. There are no unnecessary characters. This is a quick read, well worth an afternoon. It is hard to write about this book without giving away spoilers.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is my new number one must read, almost more so than A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. Those of you who have shopped at The Rubaiyat have probably already read A Town Like Alice, either to humor me or get me off of your back. Prepare to read Fikry.

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