Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
by Gabrielle Zevin
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.
Posted on January 14, 2015, in Books for the beach, Books I bought, Fiction, Penguin Group, Random House and tagged A.J. Fikry, book club book, book review, Gabrielle Zevin, Penguin Canada. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.