Thursday, April 21, 2016
Book Review: "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin
I read this book for my book group, and I absolutely loved it. It was just so different from the others we had read. This felt much lighter in tone than most of our other selections this year, which was sorely needed. A.J. is a big fan of short story as a literary medium, and while this is not a short story - it still resembles one. There isn't a whole lot of character development or backstory - there is just enough. There are a couple story lines working together and a twist or turn at the end.
This also reads like a love letter to books and independent bookstores. Each chapter starts with a shelf talker that A.J. has written about a short story... and these become more and more personal as the book goes on. Many good books are referenced or alluded to throughout the text, and there is a great scene about an author event that was hilarious and thankfully has never happened to me (knock on wood).
This was a delightful and quick read that I think would appeal to many different readers!
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
Algonquin Books, 2014