“Endings can be happy or sad. I don’t care anymore as long as they are earned”. ~ The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey
A.J Fikrey once had it all. He and his amazing wife Nic’ ran the book store, Island Books together and the store, as they, thrived. Now, after Nic’s untimely death, A.J. Has taken to drinking and the store is suffering for a lack of vibrancy as it once had. A.J. has given up on everything and is planning to sell a very rare book of poetry he owns to take him away from the book store to start somewhere new.
When A J discovers that the book that was supposed to be his ticket out has been stolen, he despairs that there is nothing good left in the world. And just as he has reaches his lowest of lows… something incredible happens. Something; that changes everything.
As someone who has often dreamed of owning a little book store in a remote place such as described in this book (and also when this dream began for me when I read Dance Upon The Air so many years ago…), the setting of this book is all so appealing to me.
The Storied life has a simple setting to it, yet drew me in to it with surprising dialogue that I liked the feel of on my tongue. There are several passages that are quotable and I savored every one if them.
Kudos to Author Gabrielle Zevin who wrote this delightful book in a way that has left me still thinking about it after that final page was turned.
Interestingly enough, there is a certain buzz around this book. Since I mentioned I was reading it, people are curious about it and asking what I thought. It is hard to say what I thought, while I didn’t find the story itself to be anything exception – there is something about the writing that is. I can not quite put my finger on it but I have a feeling this is a book I could read again and come away with an even deeper appreciation of it. ~ Sheila