Title: The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry
Writer: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Abacus (2015)
Bought at: Book Depository (USD 6.60, bargain price!)
A.J Fikry has a pitiful life. His wife died because of an accident, his little independent bookstore is going bankrupt, and someone had stolen his only precious possession: a rare first edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s book. A.J. was even being resentful (and ruining his chance of a new love?) with a new book representative from a small publisher, a lovely woman who -later- A.J. is interested in.
One day, his life was changed, though. And as clichéd as it is, a mysterious baby girl – who was left behind at A.J.’s store- was the one who changed it. A.J’s heart is not as hard as he thought, since he could actually fall in love with Maya, the baby girl. They both tried to navigate their lives and the mysteries in it, from the midst of the crumbling but warm bookstore in the middle of small island off Massachusetts.
Reading this book reminds me a bit of Cecelia Ahern’s stories, with a touch of fairy tale-ish plot and all quirky characters. But the element of books and bookish people here made all the difference and lift things up big time, creating a very charming atmosphere. References about books, writers, plots, stories and the love of reading- every bookworm and booklover will definitely relate to these things easily.
The other thing that I love about this book is its characters- Lambiase and Ismay are some of my favorites. The additional details like police book club who always loves to discuss thrillers and crime books, the mother book club who only reads books with the title “Wife” in it, and other quirky but lovable characters with their small but funny wits.
This is probably not the best book ever, but all the charms and loveliness can distract you a bit from a bitter, crazy world and that itself is a reason to read it🙂