The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Compact Disc)

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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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665157452
ISBN-10: 1665157453
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Language: English