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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A Novel

By Gabrielle Zevin

A New York Times Bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and a #1 LibraryReads Selection

“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. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. 

Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

“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.” —Library Journal, starred review

“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

“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

“Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty.” —Publishers Weekly

“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

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781616203214


Format: Book
Author: Zevin, Gabrielle
Summary: When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
Title: The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel / Gabrielle Zevin.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Subject: Booksellers and bookselling -- Fiction. Bookstores -- Fiction. Widowers -- Fiction. Abandoned children -- Fiction. Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781616203214 (hbk. : alk. paper) 1616203218 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Current Holds: 6
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 8
Call Number: F Zevin
Oclc: 855583286
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Bib Id: 509280

Format: Book
Author: Zevin, Gabrielle.
Summary: When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
Title: The storied life of A.J. Fikry : a novel / Gabrielle Zevin.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Description: 260 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Booksellers and bookselling -- Fiction.
Subjects: Bookstores -- Fiction.
Subjects: Widowers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Abandoned children -- Fiction.
Subjects: Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
LCCN: 2013043144
ISBN: 9781616203214 (hbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1616203218 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Requests: 6
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 8
Call Number: F Zevin