The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel (Paperback)

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Book lovers everywhere will delight in this engaging story of quirky A. J. Fikry. This owner of Island Books is depressed after losing his beloved wife, seeing sales dwindle, and having a prized rare edition stolen from his home.
Transformation occurs when a baby has been abandoned on his doorstep, and---a new sales rep has stolen his heart. This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense and most of all, displays a lot of affection for books, bookstores, and “book people” like so many of us who love being booksellers.

— Margaret, Pittsburgh

I am skeptical when it comes to books about books. And yet, I confess to really enjoying The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. There’s a reason that it has garnered the most recommendations in the history of Indiebound! It does the best job I’ve seen of portraying the peculiar and magical world of bookselling that I am fortunate enough to belong to. Throughout, it includes fun and intelligent commentary on classic and contemporary fiction. But even though the bookselling is realistic, the novel is definitely not mundane. There’s a major theft, an abandoned child, the unexplained death of her mother, a philandering husband, and true romance, all set on the picturesque Martha’s Vineyard-esque Alice Island, accessible only by ferry. So while those in the book industry will get a special thrill from A.J. Fikry, it’s a great book to recommend to anybody who enjoys a good read.

— Sara, Atlanta

Description


“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”—The Washington Post

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

“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

About the Author


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. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere.

Praise For…



“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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781616204518
ISBN-10: 1616204516
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English