"Funny, tender, and moving, "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry "reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love."* 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" "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 the author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and Margarettown. She also writes screenplays.
“Entertaining . . . Engaging and funny . . . Marvelously optimistic.” —The Washington Post
“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
“[A] sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship--and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won't want it to end.” —Family Circle
“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, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“A beautiful story about getting a second chance at love.” —The A. V. Club
“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
“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