Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

9780143191278_0The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 

by Gabrielle Zevin
ISBN: 9780143191278
Penguin Canada, 2014

My wish would be that all readers would enter this book blissfully unaware of the main plot points, so they could let the story unfold in its beautiful way.

That being my wish, I choose not to give away secrets. A.J. Fikry, owns a book store on a tourist-destination island. As he approaches middle age, he must confront and overcome some quirky character flaws, a few strained relationships and a series of unexpected events. From the twists and turns of his life, he learns some lessons, and he passes those lessons on to those who love him through comparisons to his favourite short stories. Each chapter in the book begins with A.J.’s critique of and reference to one of these stories.

Zevin’s book is intelligent, cozy, surprising and touching. My favourite line? “Someday, you may think of marrying. Pick someone who thinks you’re the only person in the room.”

Good advice, right? Enjoy that and other such wonderful nuggets when you read this book. 

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About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on January 14, 2015, in Books for the beach, Books I bought, Fiction, Penguin Group, Random House and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I think this is the second time I’ve seen this book and it looks so cute. The stories and the quotes just seem like those that warm your heart if not offering good advice 🙂 I also like the quote. I would love for you to review my book, if you’re interested. If so, it’s free at all the links below.

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  2. Reblogged this on daniel waltz and commented:
    Anyone looking for a warm and fuzzy story?

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