Monday, August 13, 2018

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: a book review

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

Released April 1, 2014

Algonquin Books

Oh, this book! I heard so many good things about it on various book podcasts. It is mentioned somewhat frequently by guests on the What Should I Read Next? podcast (my favorite). A few months back, I purchased a copy at my local chain bookstore, but it had been sitting in my TBR pile (that’s, to-be-read pile) ever since. Saturday night I decided to start reading, and I finished Monday morning.

This novel follows A.J. Fikry, a widowed bookstore owner with very specific reading tastes -- literary fiction only, no postmortem narrators, no YA, etc. -- whose prized antique book goes missing just before a baby appears in his shop with a note from the mother.

The characters, particularly Fikry, are well thought out, each with their own distinct personalities. The storytelling is delightful, both humorous and full of emotion.

I highly recommend The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. In fact, I can’t recommend it enough. This was such a great reading experience.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own money at Barnes & Noble.

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