Book Description (from the author’s website)
The #1 Indie Next Pick and the #1 Library Reads Selection for April 2014!
On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.
My Review (3 Stars: Liked it!)
In The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, I especially enjoyed the, rather grumpy and disgruntled, main character A.J. Fikry. He owns a book store on Alice Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. I enjoyed watching him soften up as love enters his life. At the beginning of each chapter A.J. writes his thoughts/opinions about different books. The story is quick paced and has a few surprising plot twists.
I was amazed with how the author, Gabrielle Zevin, weaved books and the book business into the story. I think the greater your knowledge of books and the book business, the more you will appreciate this story. I did not know about many of the books referenced, but was still able to enjoy many parts of the story.
If you would like to read an interesting article with the author’s thoughts on this book, check out NPR: Interview Highlights: In ‘Storied Life,’ Characters Come With A Reading List.
About the author (from the author’s website)
Gabrielle Zevin’s writing career began at 14 years old when an angry letter to her local newspaper about a Guns ‘n’ Roses concert resulted in a job as a music critic. Over several novels for adults and young people, she has written about female soldiers in Iraq, mafia princesses in retro-future New York City, teenage girls in the afterlife, talking dogs, amnesiacs, and the difficulties of loving one person over many years. She is probably best known for her first novel, Elsewhere, which has been translated into over 20 languages. She is also the screenwriter of the cult hit Conversations with Other Women.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate, the latest in the the saga of Anya Balanchine, will be out October 2013.
Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, will be published in April 2014 by Algonquin in the US and by Little, Brown in the UK (as The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry). It will also be published in 18 other languages.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, is the April Book Club Selection for She Reads. You can go to SheReads’, April Book Club Selection page, to find links to additional reviews on this book and enter their contest to receive one of five free copies of this book.
I would like to thank the She Reads Organization and the publisher, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill for providing me with an Advance Reading Copy of this book, free of charge, for review. I also enjoyed the promotional Boarding Pass for the ferry from Hyannis Terminal to Alice Island (fictional place).
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book free from the publisher, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill as a member of the She Reads Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.