The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
A J Fikry is a curmudgeon who owns the only book store on an island off the Eastern seaboard. He has definite likes and dislikes when it comes to purchasing books for his store. He growled and grouched at the new book representative, who had replaced the only real friend he had. He hadn’t even known the man had died. His wife died a few years ago, and he is still grieving; he drinks himself to sleep almost every night. He lives above the store in a modest apartment. He has gotten into the habit of leaving his bookstore unlocked; he figures there is nothing really worth stealing. It is safe to say the book store is not as popular as it was while his wife was still alive.
One night he took out his retirement nest egg –a book entitled Tammerlane, a very rare Poe work. He drank to excess , as usual, and passed out; when he woke up the book was gone. In a panic, he ran out to try to find it and then called the police. He searched high and low and when he came back, just as he was getting ready to drink again that night, he heard a noise. Someone had left a baby in his store while he was out. There was a note from the mother stating that she thought a bookstore would be a good place to leave Maya since she loved books so much. She also said she just couldn’t take care of her as Maya needed. The local police officer said he called Child Services, but it wouldn’t be until Monday that they would be able to get to the island.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened with A J and the baby.
I really enjoyed this book, which is destined to become a book club classic. It’s great for anyone who likes books and reading. I thought I knew what would happen, but I was surprised by several developments. Ms. Zevin has written other adult novels and is well known for her Teen novels as well.