Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #29 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.


This week the book I am anticipating is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It's due to be published April 1, 2014 from Algonquin Books. 

From Goodreads.com :

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.'s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It's a small package, but large in weight. It's that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.'s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Why does it appeal to me? It's about a book lover, his life, and his bookstore. Sounds pretty good to me. 

What book are you waiting on this week?

4 comments:

  1. this sounds really different! thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have never heard of this book! Interesting... I hope you read and enjoy it, Laura!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  3. I'm a big fan of both bookshop stories and the Algonquin Press. I'll have to keep an eye out for this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, and also thanks for stopping by my WoW!

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