The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a 306 pages paperback.

From the back cover:

A.J. Fikry, the grumpy owner of Island Books, is going through a hard time: his bookshop is failing, he has lost his beloved wife and a prized rare first edition has been stolen.

But one day A.J. finds two-year-old Maya sitting on the bookshop floor, with a note attached to her asking the owner to look after her. His life – and Maya’s – is changed for ever.


I read this book in ten days. It is quite a romantic story and most of the plot is to be expected, but it is well written and the story is engaging. I felt that, even though Fikry and his family and friends are the main protagonists, books are the main characters around which the story evolves, especially with each chapter starting with a short commentary of a title.

The characters are believable, the description of the book trade business seems quite realistic, even if it is kept at a high level.

Any story involving a bookshop will play on my biases and bring a good review from me and The storied life of A.J. Fikry will be no exception. It is a nice light read that I would recommend, as long as you do not have anything against a light romance! 🙂


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A 40+ year-old expatriate suffering from depression and usually considered weird... :-)
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