“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” – Gabrielle Zevin Review

“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” is totally outside of my normal realm of reading. I borrowed it on Libby, because I had read great reviews on Litsy. (I’ll tell you more about Litsy in a bit) But, because this isn’t my regular genre I enjoy I dove into the book not expecting too much.

To my surprise this wasn’t a Hallmark movie plot book like I believed it would be. This book had far more to offer, and plot twist I totally did not see coming.

A. J. Fikry is bookstore owner on an isolated island called Alice in Massachusetts. He finds himself widowed in his 30’s, and lives an incredibly isolated life himself. He isn’t a friendly towns person, and most of his business comes from summer vacationers (who he hates).

A woman named Amelia from Knightly Press comes to show A. J. the new books in the Knightly catalog for winter. A. J. Is terribly rude to her, and doesn’t set a great first impression.

A book is stolen, a baby is left in the bookstore all of which test the character of A. J. Fikry. I don’t want to reveal everything, but the book doesn’t end or play out in the middle as I expected.

Zevin does a fantastic job evolving Fikry’s character throughout the book. And, the fact that the book takes place in a bookstore, has “book” people in it, and name drops books here in there adds to the magic.

Favorite quote from the book – “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.”

Now, about Litsy-

If you are not on Litsy, and love bookish talk- GET ON THERE! Litsy is basically a social network for book lovers. I know it is available on iPhone, and on kindle.

I have met wonderful people, exchanged bookish gifts, and had wonderful chats about books on Litsy.

Exploring the world one book at a time,

Book Reflections

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