The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

September 14, 2017 - Comment

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”* 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

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“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”*

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

“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

Comments

Charlie's Mom says:

A slow but emotional lifter I was pleasantly surprised by many turns in this novel. I actually didn’t have any idea what the book was about when I started reading – and, at this point – having finished, I think I know what it’s about but I’m unsure that I could really describe the “type” of book to anyone who asked. There’s a line that stands out (not a direct quote) that says something like – each book hits you in a different way depending upon where you are in life when you read it. This book, although different…

M.Jacobsen says:

A tribute to the love of books I absolutely loved this novel. A.J. Fikry is the owner of a small, independent bookstore on the small Alice Island in the Northeast. He is cynical, cranky, and depressed…and not without reason. The recent death of his beloved wife has left him a widower at the age of thirty-nine. Their shared love of books seems to have died with his wife and A.J. is left behind with only bitterness. 

Kathy Mc says:

Certainly different I am torn between liking this book and thinking it’s a quirky mess. The good and bad things that happen are abrupt. There isn’t much leading up to and no emotional after effects of the life and story changing events. At the same time I like the quirkiness of the characters and the story. I can imagine going to the book store and loving it. I think the characters critiquing of the books and bookstore itself are the main characters because that’s what I loved and felt warm in my heart…

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