Fikry is one that will remain in my heart and mind. The author chooses to end the novel with a new sales rep coming to an island books that is no longer owned by a. Fikry, a curmudgeonly independent bookseller, in this funny, sad novel from zevin the hole were in, is his obvious love of literature particularly short stories. Fikry is a 20 novel by gabrielle zevin that centers on the titular character, owner of a bookshop on alice island, a fictional island off the coast of massachusetts. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love. Even the stories have stories in gabrielle zevins thoroughly charming novel, the storied life of a. Fikry gabrielle zevin, 2014 workman publishing 288 pp.
When i saw it available as an audiobook at my library, i seized the occasion. Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both. The protagonist of gabrielle zevins novel the storied life of a. Fikrys life is not at all what he expected it to be. Open the doors at bookseller aj fikrys island books and find tragedy, comedy, romance, mystery, and more. It was compiled from the stories mentioned at the beginning of each chapter of the novel. Fikry, spent more than four months on the new york times bestseller list, reached. Shes the new sales rep for a publisher, and shes taking her first of many twiceyearly trips to show him what books are coming out and. Zevin has done something oldfashioned and fairly rare these days. Fikry, owner of island books, the only bookstore on alice island, has already lost his wife. Fikrys stubborn and bitter personality is on full display at the start of the story when he learns that his favorite publishers agent has died.
The bookstore is on nantucketesque alice island, quiet in. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold millions of copies all around the world. As the book opens, amelia loman is on her way to the tiny island where aj runs an independent bookstore. Fikry at its heart, gabrielle zevins new novel is a love letter to the joys of reading. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of poe poems, has been stolen. Just finished the storied life of a j fikrywhat a jewel of a book. Fikry, the recently widowed and irritable owner of island books, is given the chance to turn his life around. What do you think the future holds for physical books and. Fikry is not only a story about books and the love of books, it is a story about the ups and downs in life and how we choose to cope. Handpicked recommendations to other books that have a similar writing style or theme to the storied life of a. Fikry is a best book club book for discussion, a novel that is a love letter to the world of booksan affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
And, in this case, definitely better late than never because i am unabashedly hopping on the a. Fikry by gabrielle zevin is about an orphaned child who gives a prematurely widowed bookseller a second chance at happiness. Short stories are listed by title, but shown under the book cover that they were published in if not published separately. If you love books and bookstores, this book just might be one of those treasures that touches you this year. The power of books impels gabrielle zevins the storied life of a. Most of the novel takes place in the bookstore, as it is a. A must for book lovers and booksellers alike, the storied life of a.
Fikry, the bookseller, is in his forties, widowed, still grieving, blunt, severely opinionated about what makes a book good and which books he is willing to sell in island books. Fikry was written as an homage to her father by maya. Recommending new books each month to spark lively conversation. Fikry, is the owner of the independent bookstore, island books. Fikry runs island books, located on alice island, a fictional version of marthas vineyard. After the death of his pregnant wife, the already reclusive a. Pick up your own copy of the storied life of aj fikry by gabrielle zevin. Fikrys wife has died, his bookstore is in trouble, and now his prized rare edition of poe poems has been stolen. Fikrys life, told in shortstory narrative form over the course of two parts and chapters. I was intrigued by the summary, and loved the idea of an independent bookseller being the central character. Meet eddie woo, the maths teacher you wish youd had in high school australian story duration. Books mentioned in the storied life of aj fikry show list info. Fikry by gabrielle zevin published by algonquin books on april 1, 2014 genreslists. The storied life of aj fikry the storied life of aj fikry.
All of the books and short stories mentioned in the. Fikry at its heart, gabrielle zevins new novel is a love letter to the joys of. I do not like childrens books, especially ones with orphans, and i prefer not to clutter my. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the awardwinning elsewhere. Fikry to me last month and i was delighted she did. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.
Gabrielle zevin is a new york times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. The kind of love on display is the sort between lovers and between parents and children, but also, and most essentially, between people and the books they adore. Now a rare book has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of. On the faded island books sign hanging over the porch of the victorian cottage is the motto no man is an island.
But when a mysterious package appears, its arrival gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Fikry is a love letter to bookstores, a story about possibilities, and a story about being open to life. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the storied life of a. As surprising as it is moving, the storied life of a. In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and. Is a twist that you cant predict symptomatic of bad construction. I thought as a strategy it would be really interesting to. Really, who would ignore a book about books and bookstores. Indie bookstore owner inhabits gabrielle zevins storied life of a. Fikrys life is not at all what he expected it to be and when he is presented with the opportunity to change it, he takes it. Each chapter is titled after a book, though there is no pattern to the titles other than the fact that they give a slight hint as to what. I have begun enjoying young adults books so i can share them with my granddaughters who are avid readers. Island books is the main setting in the storied life of a.
Fikry quotes showing of 473 sometimes books dont find us until the right time. It is as enchanting a book as you will read this year. Fikry is an affirmation of the love of books and reading and how they meld lives together. Zevin tells nprs audie cornish that its a book shes been wanting to write for some time. Traditional chinese edition and millions of other books are available for. Im 72, so maybe my love of curmudgeons stems from that we old folks are often misunderstood. Fikry is a breezy, bighearted treat, especially if youve ever wondered about the inner workings of americas national treasuresneighborhood bookstores.
More than anything else, though, the storied life of a. Eccentric book banter tickles the reader, bringing a bookseller to life through humor and dialogue. In storied life, characters come with a reading list npr. Fikry pulls deeper into himself and his bookstore on remote alice island. What do you think of this statement in view of the plot of a. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Fikrys recommendations from island books this list reflects a. A list compiled by cortland free library of novels, short stories, and authors mentioned in the book the storied life of aj fikry. York times bestselling novel the storied life of a. These are all of the books and short stories mentioned in gabrielle zevins the storied life of a. Fikry has a little bit of mystery and a little bit of romance, but is at its core a love story. As in zevins other novels, romantic should not be confused with sentimental, for the storied life of a. Fikry was a common presence on book blogs a few months ago and i finally got around to reading it. If you love books and read one book this fall, please, please, please let it be the storied life of a.
It is cute, quirky, funny, sadhearttuggingly sadand i loved every minute of it. What a charming story i was hooked from the beginning, and was enthralled throughout. Fikry from the worlds largest community of readers. Its a story that i can only imagine for some reason or another will resonate with all readers.948 436 1363 755 301 905 7 82 1084 22 343 462 106 1440 559 1387 866 1002 1194 678 437 719 1525 1344 626 720 1374 434 1040 578 385 1332 131 661 1307 941 1244 497 1446