Just a short review today. Anyone who enjoys reading and especially those who appreciate small independent bookstores would enjoy The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It is the story of a bookseller who owns a small bookstore on Alice Island, not far from Hyannis MA. He is a young grieving widower having lost his wife, the love of his life, in a tragic car accident. He's lonely, somewhat cranky and seems to have lost interest in life. Book sales are poor, and his most valuable book has been stolen. What else can possibly go wrong?
One evening when he goes out for a run, he leaves the store unlocked.... and the result changes his life. I won't give away any more than that. You'll have to read it to find out what happens. :)
Two of my favourite quotes from the book:
"No Man is an Island; Every Book is a World" from the sign on A.J.'s store, Island Books.
"Sometimes books don't find us until the right time." So very true!
It is a charming, well written story. Heartwarming. A light read, and a joy to read. There is humour, love and unexpected relationships. It's a book for book lovers. What more can I say?
Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.