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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.” —Library Journal (starred review)

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

“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

334 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“Loved this book so sweet and cozy, which makes the ending bittersweet but still a book I would recommend to everyone who loves a good story!”
Reviewed in:The BS Book Club
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalitiesLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenConciseEasy to readWitty banter
Slightly Smiling Face“I read this in 2 days, it was so light and delightful. Reminded me of my first time watching my favourite film About Time, what a treat. I was invested in every character, they felt like best friends. And the mystery, while simple and with low stakes, kept me reading. Perhaps I'm a sentimental Smucker, but I love books and bookstores and stories about those things and the people who run them. Perhaps it is a dream of mine to run one myself one day.”
Reviewed in:The BS Book Club
Believable charactersColorful personalitiesCuteLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenConciseConversational
Slightly Smiling Face“Admittedly it took me about 50 pages to really get into this book. I immediately loved the connection - albeit it was not a good first impression - between Amelia and A.J. As we continue in the story and time continues to tick on, the story takes so many different paths. These characters were relatable, their stories were full of life. Love and loss. I had a proper sob at the end of the story. It’s a book about books and the power they hold. Power to teach, uplift, and connect readers. Loved it.”
Reviewed in:The BS Book Club
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalitiesLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersRelatable characters
Slightly Smiling Face“I really loved this one! This is the first Gabrielle Zevin book I’ve read and I really enjoyed the writing. Even though there were some mad twists, I liked how for the most part they felt like very normal people living their everyday lives, and even though what happens in the end is heartbreaking I like how it still ended on a positive note.”
Reviewed in:The BS Book Club
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifully writtenEasy to readBeautiful settingRealistic settingFeel goodHopefulInspirational
Slightly Smiling Face“This was a great palate cleanser after several more heavy books. I loved the characters, but I would really like to know more about them. Certain topics were explored too little for my taste. The reference to books and authors were great! And I liked how the love for books were described from different perspectives.”
Reviewed in:The BS Book Club
CuteOriginal charactersConversationalEasy to readAddictiveBeautiful settingDescriptiveFeel goodLightheartedObstacles overcome too easily

About Gabrielle Zevin

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. The recently published Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, is also a NYT bestseller. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.

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