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The Storied Life Of A.j. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Penguin Group Canada | April 1, 2014 | Hardcover |

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An irresistible novel about second chances and finding room for all the books - and all the love - that transform our lives A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who''s always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.''s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J., for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world. Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving,  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we love.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670068241

ISBN - 13: 9780670068241

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The Storied Life Of A.j. Fikry

The Storied Life Of A.j. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670068241

ISBN - 13: 9780670068241

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An irresistible novel about second chances and finding room for all the books - and all the love - that transform our lives A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who''s always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.''s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J., for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world. Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving,  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we love.

About the Author

Gabrielle Zevin's debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We're In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. Gabrielle's best known young adult novel is Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over 20 languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR's All Things Considered. Gabrielle's eighth novel, the New York Times Bestseller The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, was published in April 2014 by Algonquin in the US. Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University.

Editorial Reviews

"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, NYT Bestselling author of The Snow Child
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