Book to Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Stars: ★★★★ (4.5/5)
Source: c/o NetGalley
Synopsis: “In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books—and booksellers—that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.
On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is 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.”
Review: Wow. Loved this book. I didn’t have particularly high expectations since I hadn’t heard of this author before, but I liked the cover so I gave it a shot. (I won’t lie, covers are generally my standard book choosing mechanism. I’m a designer, I can’t help it.)
A.J. Fikry is a cranky, yet lovable book store owner on small Alice Island on the East Coast. He’s fallen on rough times – his wife has recently passed, his prized Poe collection was stolen, he’s having difficulty holding his business together, he may drink a little too much these days, and the kicker – he finds an abandoned “package” in his store at closing time. And this package isn’t some fancy book, it’s in fact a tiny little girl named Maya.
Really, the storyline in this book is incredibly dramatic and engaging. There are twists and turns all over the place. But the best thing is that you forget all of the craziness that happen in this book because it feels so real.
And the characters, written so tenderly, really shine here. They all have such a real, life-like quality to them that you feel like you really live in their world while you’re reading. And when the book ended, I realized what a great breath of fresh air it really was.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read. Seriously, give it a try. You’ll like it. :)