The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession – a rare edition of Poe poems – has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.
Gabrielle Zevin’s novel is a love letter to the world of books – an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
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This is not your typical run of the mill love story. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an endearing tale of redemption and transformation but at its core, a moving tribute to books and the people who love them.