Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Firky by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Firky

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Published:  Algonquin Books April 2014

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read on May 01, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy Netgalley/publisher}

My Thoughts:

Few booklovers could resist this charming and quirky tale of a bookseller on a small island in the north east of America. A.J. Fikry is the surly and opinionated proprietor of Island Books, an independent bookstore he opened with his wife, who was killed in a tragic car accident, whose grieving is rudely interrupted when he wakes from a drinking binge to find a rare book stolen, and a toddler abandoned in his store.

I’m loathe to share too much, not wanting to risk spoiling the pleasure of reading this heart warming and poignant tale of a broken man rediscovering the pleasures of life and love for those yet to experience it. It is funny, moving and yes, sometimes saccharine, story which embraces quirky individuals, the comfort of community and the enjoyment of a good book.

A beautifully crafted novel about the power of love, and literature, to transform and redeem us, The Storied Life of A.J. Firky is a captivating read.


The Storied Life of A.J. Firky is available to purchase from

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    May 04, 2014 @ 00:41:55

    Great review…and I have this one on my list. Must get it soon!



  2. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    May 04, 2014 @ 09:22:44

    Wow, so glad to hear this lives up to expectations – can’t wait to read it!



  3. writenote1
    May 04, 2014 @ 15:47:14

    I loved this book, too!



  4. Teddyree
    May 05, 2014 @ 19:07:11

    High praise, can’t wait to read it!



  5. stacybuckeye
    May 12, 2014 @ 12:52:52

    Loved this one too, even, as you rightly said, it is sometimes saccharine.



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