The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin has finally moved from my “to read” to “read” stack!!! It took long enough, but I am happy I finally obtained a copy.This book reminded me in many ways of another of my favorites – Love in the Lower-case. Both have similar plots. In this novel, Mr. Fikry is an oddball bookstore owner. He lives alone above the bookstore and is very discriminating about what books he carries. A hermit, he lives all inside his head and books.
Plot twist, as in Three Men and a Baby, someone leaves a baby girl in the closed shop when AJ left the front door unlocked after his most precious rare book is stolen, and life takes on meaning once more.
I think this was a delightful novel. I especially loved its references to other books! I felt proud knowing the name of a returned book in the story before it was revealed. I’d read The Book Thief!
If you love books, I think you will add this to your list of favorites!