The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction

Length: 258 pages

Setting: the fictional Alice Island, in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts, present day

Interest: The Modern Mrs. Darcy had a post on recommended books for your Myer’s Briggs personality type. This was my type’s recommendation.

Summary: AJ runs the only bookstore on the island. It mostly survives on summer tourist traffic. His wife died recently and he’s floundering a bit, especially since she was the social one in the relationship. His life turns around when he discovers a baby in the store, with a note asking him to raise her (the mother washes up dead on shore the next day). He’s a bit leery, but feels responsible. Maya helps him open up to his neighbors (for example, the policeman who takes his statement becomes a friend and a reader) and his family. He even goes so far as to marry one of the book reps that visit his store.

Final thoughts: I loved this book! I loved how AJ opened his life to Maya, which then opened his life to so many people. I also loved how important books were to everyone. Each section started with a review of a short story to Maya (and the reason for them become apparent by the end of the book) that provided clues about AJ’s life. He started out so lonely and managed to build a diverse group of friends and family around him by the end, and books brought them all together. Now I want to ask everyone what their favorite book is to help me understand them better. Of course, I find this question extremely difficult to answer (my favorite genre is much easier to discuss), but it really opens a window into someone’s personality. The book doesn’t sound very exciting, but I loved how it was presented and written.

Title comes from: Each chapter of his life starts with a quick review of a different short story. Plus, he owned a bookstore and books were the basis for all his important relationships.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 61/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a Z in my Author Alphabet Challenge

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