The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinThe Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry

byGabrielle Zevin

Paperback | December 2, 2014

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 An irresistible novel about second chances and finding room for all the books—and all the love—that transforms 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, he 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.

Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young-adult novels, including an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, Elsewhere. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomi...
Title:The Storied Life Of A. J. FikryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.23 X 5.31 X 0.73 inShipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.23 X 5.31 X 0.73 inPublished:December 2, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143191276

ISBN - 13:9780143191278

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

“Wonderful, thoughtful and touching…. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is … better than merely “worth reading”—it’s actually a treat, a small gem of a book…. [It] explores the depth of grief, yearning and heartbreak. There is a love story, yes, but it’s handled with a sensitivity and genuine clarity that is both surprising and refreshing…. It is a powerful novel.” - The Globe and Mail “A smart, sweet and surprising story about life, love and second chances.” - CBC Books“Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” - The Washington Post “A fun, page-turning delight…. Charming…. It’s about books and the power of stories. But it is not only for people who have spent time in creative writing workshops. Its strength is its very mainstream appeal. It is, at its most basic, a story about love and redemption with people and art. Much like Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, this book could easily become a dark-horse bestseller. It is, after all, quite charming.” - StarTribune (Minneapolis)“Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.” - Library Journal (starred)“In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books…. Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere.” - Booklist “Surprisingly expansive…. Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious.” - Publishers Weekly “Sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining…. A likable literary love story about selling books and finding love.” - Kirkus Reviews“One of the supporting characters in The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry is a novelist who’s constantly disappointed that none of his later works are as popular and well received as his debut. If his plight is a reflection of Gabrielle Zevin’s own insecurities, she doesn’t need to worry. Her third outing for adults is her best yet.” - AV Bookclub“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written a wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” - Garth Stein, NYT Bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain“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“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a breezy, big-hearted treat, especially if you''ve ever wondered about the inner workings of America''s national treasures--neighborhood bookstores.” - Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins