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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (2014)

by Gabrielle Zevin

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Who doesn't love a book that celebrates books and reading? Throw in a story about a lovable group of characters that have no strong dissonance in their personalities, just a group trying to live their lives, some parenting struggles, relationship hardships and romance, a small mystery, "mistaken" identity, car crashes, illnesses, and more, and you've got a lovely tale that captivates the heart and sheds a light on the important things in life. (phew, what a sentence!)
It's sweet, heart-warming, and tear-jerking. I liked the discussions and references to literary works (that occur more in the first half than the latter, when the drama of the story takes centre stage) but it was good. It's set on the east coast, but I kept thinking it was a west coast, BC-esque setting. No matter, it's still enjoyable. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 3, 2017 |
I read this book in one day. I loved every page. And I couldn't turn them fast enough!
The characters were solid, and real. Loved the parts where the voice of the child was utilised. But my favourite parts were the snippets of book recommendations at the start of every chapter. I've never had the sort of relationship with a bookshop that AJ Fikry has with his customers, but I wish more than anything that I did.
Romance, but literary, tragic, but heart warming. Inevitable but giving.
I recommend this book without hesitation. ( )
  Kiwimrsmac | Nov 29, 2017 |
This one gets a full five stars - I would give it more if the rating scale allowed! It is moving, poignant, extravagant, troubling, hopeful, pessimistic and optimistic all at once. The story is imaginative and the plot is fascinating, but it is really the characters that make this story one of my favorites of all time - the characters come alive as you read and in a way very reminiscent of Jan Karon's Mitford, Alice Island becomes a place where you can visualize yourself living and walking down the street and entering Island bookstore. The story is about a widower owner of a bookstore who, in his loss, is going through the motions of daily life. He is drinking himself to death in a dying business - a bookstore. Then a distraught single mother leaves her baby for him right before she commits suicide and his whole life changes. He finds love, life, happiness. But like life itself, amidst his living and growing he also finds heartache and despair. One reviewer I read commented that you won't want it to end, and I agree. But even in the ending Zevin offers new beginnings and amid the sometimes desperate sadness of life this story also tells a tale of hope. A wonderful read! ( )
  Al-G | Nov 21, 2017 |
This novel is a rare combination of substance and being a page-turner. My initial impression, especially during the first chapter when A.J. and Amelia first meet and get off on the wrong foot (feet?), was that this was going to be an enjoyable "beach read" . But this turns out to be so much more than that. All the bookish love and literary references in this novel makes it even better. In addition, having A.J. introduce each chapter with an recommendation of a short story to his daughter was a very nice touch.

This was a very satisfying read, and I'll be on the look out for Gabrielle Zevin's other works. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Oct 17, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Zevin, Gabrielleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Biekmann, LidwienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dompè, MaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estúdio InsólitoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guitry, AuroreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my parents, who furnished my formative years with books, and for the boy who gave me The Stories of Vladimir Nabakov all those winters ago.
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On the ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skims her predecessor's notes.
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When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

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