A.J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.
My reviewing is a bit behind as this was the She Reads April selection. Better late than never and A.J. Fikry was worth the wait.
A.J. is a bookseller; a man whose life revolves around the written word. His thoughts on different short stories begin each chapter and his monologues on what genres he likes and doesn't like is brilliant.
Thanks to She Reads for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Gabrielle Zevin here. You can purchase your own copy here.
Amazon released a film version of this novel in 2022 and it is a fantastic adaption.
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