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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

By Gabrielle Zevin

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Published In: United States, 02 December 2014
"Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love."* 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 "Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both." -The Washington Post "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

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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" Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both. "The Washington Post" 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" -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 -Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.- --The Washington Post -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 "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 "Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both." --The Washington Post "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 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 Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both. The Washington Post 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" Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both. The Washington Post 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 [A] jaunty little novel. Entertainment Weekly Wade into summer reading with this sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship--and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won't want it to end. Family Circle The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written 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 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole's Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love. Library Journal, starred review A beautiful story about getting a second chance at love. A- The A. V. Club The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a breezy, big-hearted treat, especially if you've ever wondered about the inner workings of America's national treasures--neighborhood bookstores. Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere. Booklist"

EAN: 9781616204518
ISBN: 1616204516
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Dimensions: 20.57 x 13.72 x 2.03 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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