April 2014 Indie Next List
“Fikry is a bookseller with a small shop in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. He's a bit cantankerous, but with good reason: his wife, the 'people person' of the relationship, has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. Despite those losses, there's one strange addition, a baby girl left on his doorstep with an explicit request for Fikry to take her in. Zevin's novel offers the reality of both death and rebirth, held together by the spirit of the bookstore. It's a romantic comedy, a spiritual journey, and if you include the chapter openings, a collection of short story criticisms as well. In short, it's a celebration of books and the people who read them, write them, and sell them.”
— Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books the only bookstore on Alice Island has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her. A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
About the Author
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and Margarettown. She also writes screenplays.
Scott Brick first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, "AudioFile" magazine named Brick a Golden Voice and one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy. He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert s bestselling "Dune" series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for "Dune: The Butlerian Jihad". Brick has narrated for many popular authors, including Michael Pollan, Joseph Finder, Tom Clancy, and Ayn Rand. He has also won over 40 "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and the "AudioFile" award for Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense 2011. In 2007, Brick was named "Publishers Weekly" s Narrator of the Year.
Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of "Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth" and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Brick choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including "Romeo and Juliet", "The Fantasticks" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights". He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke s "Rendezvous with Rama".