The storied life of aj fikry book review
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinAs 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. Fikrys 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 whos 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. Its 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 doesnt 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 didnt see coming.
Gabrielle Zevin - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Eccentric book banter tickles the reader, bringing a bookseller to life through humor and dialogue. Open this book and find an affectionate portrait of a curmudgeonly bookseller who faces loss through literature, with surprising results. Others seem to know what you need before you do. While most of the book is written in the third person, here AJ gets a chance to talk to us directly. After each shelf talker, we get right back to the story in progress, and a lively story it is, told largely through dialogue.
Thank you! Fikry, a man who holds no brief for random acts, who yearns for a distinct narrative, who flounders about until his life is reordered by happenstance. Fikry drinks.
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Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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Fikry is surly and argumentative. Who can blame him? His life is beginning to read like a tragedy. His beloved wife Nic died in a road accident leaving him all alone to manage the small, independent bookstore they ran together on Alice Island, off the port of Hyannis in New England. It was taken from right under his nose one night as he lay in a drunken stupor in his apartment above the bookstore. The local police chief Lambiase is sympathetic but clueless on how or where to search for the stolen tome. Everything in the life of A.