The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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.

We are not quite novels.

We are not quite short stories.

In the end, we are collected works.

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 Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry 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, he 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, though large in weight—an 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 A.J., for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.'s world. Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming.

Title:The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781616203214
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  • Rebecca

    I’m starting to think I’m the only bibliophile on earth who didn’t care for this book. After everything I’d read about it, I didn’t think it could possibly fail to be fantastic. For me, thou...

  • Delee

    5+We read to know we're not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.Once in a while a book comes along that captures your heart and soul- where the characte...

  • Alejandro

    Every word the right one and exactly where it should be. That's basically the highest compliment I can give... ...and I am truly glad that it didn't took me so long to read it!!! The words you ca...

  • Emily May

    "There ain't nobody in the world like book people." It's a bit embarrassing to admit how emotional this book made me. I'm not even a fan of Zevin's work; I quite liked the concept behind Elsewhere ...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This is definitely a new favorite of mine! Such an incredibly charming story. ...

  • karen

    A town isn't a town without a bookstore.while it's true that this is the literary equivalent of a stone skipped over a pond, it's a pretty damn charming stone. reading about other booknerds, even when...

  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *4.5 Stars* — because how can any bonafide book-nerd not adore this quirky and heartfelt tribute to literature!I don’t know about you, but I could dwell inside the richly entertaining mind of one ...

  • Crumb

    What can I say?This novel was the ruination of me.. and I couldn't be happier. Sometimes when i love a book to pieces, it is easy to write a review and sometimes it is difficult. For this novel, the l...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    Well shit this was good...If you're looking for a fun summer read, a book that will make you laugh and cry, grab this one!Just wish there wasn't a spoiler for The Awakening :/...

  • Carmen

    This is the most precious, adorable, cutesy-wootsey bunch of tripe I have ever read in my life. How is this book so popular? It's cliché after cliché after cliché ad nauseam. Ugh.A grumpy-grumpy bo...