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

This book was not a favorite of mine. I normally like books about books, libraries and in this case a bookstore and its owner. We meet A.J. some eighteen months after his wife has been killed in a car accident. He is bad tempered, nasty and drinking too much while running his bookstore on an island like Martha’s Vineyard. A toddler girl is left in his store and he adopts the baby. I found this plot development unrealistic but it is the point about which the story turns and it does make A.J. into a nicer person. I did like the short story reviews that precede each chapter and I might read some of these. Zevin has written a half dozen teen novels and in some ways this was more like a teen book. I listened to the book on CD read by Scott Brick.

RATING: * * OK

Reviewed by: kh

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