- Published: Chapel Hil, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
- Year Published: 2014
- Edition: First edition.
- Description: 260 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Booksellers -- Fiction.
- Bookstores -- Fiction.
- Widowers -- Fiction.
- Abandoned children -- Fiction.
- Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
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The storied life of A. J. Fikry
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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.
I'm not sure there was anything about it that didn't appeal to me: the mystery of the first edition that I wasn't sure was going to be resolved, A.J.'s reviews and what we come to understand them to be, his transformation over time, the way we learn about the island community through the book store, and mostly A.J himself (and branching into Maya, over time and eventually through her writing).
Simply astonishing. I worried when I heard that it was a book that referenced so many other books that it was one of those books where you had to have read them to understand, but it isn't. (Stories about college English majors are often like that.) If you can *appreciate* a book and a bookstore, then this is a wonderful world to dive into.
And A.J.'s first time at a restaurant with someone (I won't say who) sparks a conversation so wonderful, so beautifully written, that I read it three times in a row, just to savor it.
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