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As surprising as it is moving The Storied Life of A J Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we loveWe are not uite novelsWe are not uite short storiesIn the end we are collected worksA J Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be His wife has died his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history and now his prized possession a rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen Slowly but surely he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Chief Lambiase the well intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him from Ismay his sister in law who is hell bent on saving AJ from his dreary self from Amelia the lovely and idealistic if eccentric Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island refusing to be deterred by AJ's bad attitude Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him These days he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidlyAnd then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore It's a small package though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives AJ the opportunity to make his life over the ability to see everything anew It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming AJ for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of AJ's world Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming


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    I’m starting to think I’m the only bibliophile on earth who didn’t care for this book After everything I’d read about it I didn’t think it could possibly fail to be fantastic For me though it tips way too far into chick lit and YA territory and succumbs too often and too early to schmaltz and melodramaNow there are certainly some good points AJ himself an independent bookseller and just coping widower is a delightfully irascible character with some decided literary prejudices that I can certainly affirm no series no genre mash ups no celebrity memoirs and – please dear God – no vampires Zevin’s literary references range from the classical to the contemporary and are bang on trend eg Alice Munro and David Foster WallaceI truly enjoyed the first two chapters with the quaint mystery of the stolen Poe first edition and as a believer in bibliotherapy I appreciated Zevin’s insistence on “the necessity of encountering stories at precisely the right time in our lives” I could even stomach the burgeoning romance between AJ and Amelia the quirky Knightley Press sales rep who takes the ferry out from Hyannis to visit Island Books “Her specialty is persnickety little bookstores and the particular breed that runs them” so it seems she’s found the perfect place Then comes Chapter 3 and its plot twist so coyly avoided by the jacket blurb but so central to the plot that I hardly think it’s worth calling it a spoiler view spoilerwidower AJ adopts Maya a little girl abandoned in the store’s children’s section by her mother a suicidal Harvard student Come on the baby on the doorstep – can you get any clichéd than that? Then as Maya grows into a young woman AJ and Amelia try to make the relationship between a New York City working girl and a small town entrepreneur work hide spoiler