The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Author: 
Gabrielle Zevin
"You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question: What is your favorite book?"
 
A.J. Fikry is a cranky, opinionated bookstore owner who has had a recent string of bad luck. His wife has died in a tragic car accident, sales at his bookstore are down (possibly because he only sells what he likes), and his prized possession, a rare collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe has been stolen. A.J. feels that his only solution is to further isolate himself from the residents of Alice Island and slowly drink himself into oblivion.
 
When a mysterious package is left at the bookstore, A.J. is given the rare opportunity to start over. He slowly begins to open up and allow himself relationships both with people who live on the island and even a few who don't.
 
A book about books, all types of love, and community.

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