The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


A.J. Fikry is a miserable man. His wife died tragically, his bookstore is struggling and now his prized possession, a rare edition of Poe’s Tamerlane has been stolen from his apartment. The sale of that book was what was going to get A.J. off this island some day. Now A.J. is stuck on Alice Island, where he has alienated most of the population with his superior attitude and bad disposition. Everything changes for A.J. when a mysterious bundle is left in his bookstore one night. This small bundle gives A.J. the power to change his entire life which, in turn changes the lives of other people close to him.


This book surprised me. This is not the type of book I normally would be drawn to and it actually sat on my desk for a week before I decided to give it a try,. The minute I picked it up, I was hooked and didn’t put it down until I was finished (with tears running down my face). This book is full of literary references, has the emotion of a memoir and yet at times, reads like a romantic comedy. Definitely quirky and may not be for everyone, but pick it up and give it a try. You may be as surprised as I was!

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