The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel (Paperback)

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Combining the zest of Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple and the charm of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry does not disappoint.  Fikry is a curmudgeonly book seller who is not really dealing with the death of his wife and is far more comfortable with his stacks of books than people.  Fussy he is about those books too!  No vampires or maudlin memoirs in his book store.   Amelia Loman is Firky’s new sales rep for Knightly Press.   Let’s just say their first meeting does not go well, bringing out the worst in Fikry’s prickly character.  Under that crusty exterior, Fikry’s heart beats true, full of passion for well written words.  A rare book will be stolen from Fikry and something surprising left in his store, those two events will change everything.  At the beginning of each chapter is a book review by the irascible bookseller.  If you love books, enjoy reading, and like your story spiced with just the right amount of humor, do not miss this incredible book.  I did not stop turning pages until the story ended, and then I was sad because I would have enjoyed reading even more about these delightful characters.

— Deon Stonehouse

 

This is one of those stories that grabs you right from the beginning.  You immediately connect with the characters, they are real.  It is the story of a bookseller whose store off the coast of Massachusetts is failing.  It is failing because he is grieving over the death of his beloved wife. He is cranky and drinks too much, and he loves his books more than his customers. However, the reader soon realizes there is much more going on. There is an unconventional relationship with his lovely young publishing rep and a surprising new friendship with a local cop. The author also weaves in a couple of mysteries and surprises which force the bookseller into joining the human race again. It is an uncomplicated story of love, loss and the gifts of human kinship.

— Lynn Hornbuckle

Description


“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”—The Washington Post

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.   

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle

“A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News

“A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist

“A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally  captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review

About the Author


Gabrielle Zevin is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list, reached #1 on the National Indie Bestseller list, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.

Praise For…



“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post

“You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle

“A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News

“A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist

“A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally  captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616204518
ISBN-10: 1616204516
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English