The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry By Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

By Gabrielle Zevin

  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4.5
From 670 Ratings


“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”—The Washington Post

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.   

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle

“A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News

“A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist

“A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally  captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review


  • Book love

    By Crzyhrt
    Imaginatively written and plotted. Characters that touch you. I didn’t want to stop reading. It was that good...
  • Wonderful!

    By Querilovesbooks
    I laughed, I cried, I loved every word.
  • Great read.

    By 12)?/&&
    Great read. A great book, you really become invested in the characters and their great little book shop.
  • The author will criticize the title and f this review

    By Fladaddy
    And will probably fail my sentence structure, but this is a very good book. One of the best I've read. Original. Read it for yourself as I can't described it. It's an emotion on its own.
  • Touched

    By Lelehow
    Loved every bit of this book. I loved how A.J. left little notes too. I wish there would be a sequel to see what happens to Maya and Amelia. Every last bit of it was touching. Very well written.
  • Brilliance

    By BPerlin
    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevi touched me on so many levels. A story about a bookstore and bookseller that turns into something completely unexpected. I don’t have the right words to give this book enough credit. This is such a moving, intelligent, clever novel done in a way that you can easily see the surroundings, feel the characters and be right there with them. An endearing, feel good, feel emotional story that is perfect for the holidays or anytime you are looking for some humanity and inspiration. I savored this slowly not because I was not enthused but because I wanted to take it all in properly. The language, the smart dialog had me re-reading certain lines twice. Little gems that are not only enlightening but original. Not sure I have ever read anything quite like this but the author and her prose impressed me. Never met her, though Amazon won’t let me give her an honest review because of their friends not reviewing friends policy. Still, if I could I would give her a big fat 5 star review and suggest this to everyone who appreciates smart solid writing without trying too hard. There are lines I wish I wrote and I marvel at the talent that comes across effortless. I read a ton and don’t often gush about a book or the writing but this book deserves attention. There are similarities to Mark Barry’s The Night Porter. Smart, intellectual with a theme that not only has heart but is relatable to us wanna-be authors who are trying to make our mark in the publishing world. I applaud this little piece of brilliance and look forward to reading more from Miss Zevi. Quote ~ “You took that turn a little fast, darling,” Daniel Says, She thinks about driving them both off the road and into the ocean, and the thought makes her happy, happier than she had been if she’d only killed herself. She realizes in that moment that she doesn’t want to be dead. She wants Daniel to be dead. Or at least gone. Yes, gone. She’d settle for gone. “I don’t love you anymore.” “Ismay, you’re being absurd. You always get like this at weddings.” “You are not a good man,” Ismay says. “I’’m complex. And maybe I’m not good, but I’m certainly not the worst. It’s no reason to end a perfectly average marriage,” Daniel says. “You’re the grasshopper and I’m the ant. And I’m tired of being the ant.”

“That’s a rather juvenile reference. I’m sure you can do better.” Ismay pulls the car over tot he side of the road. Her hands are shaking. “You are bad and what is worse is, you’ve made me bad,” she says. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” A car whizzes by them, close enough to rattle the walls of the SUV. “Ismay, this is an insane place to park. If you want to argue, let’s drive home and do it properly.”
  • beautiful and thought provoking

    By Twinsmum2012
    a lovely, sentimental read
  • Loved it!

    By GDC
    Everyone once in a while I read a book that I wish would not end. This was one of those for me.
  • The storied life of a j fikery

    By Mrs cpee
    Loved this book !
  • Loved it!

    By smich44
    Read the book in a day.