The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Compact Disc)

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By Gabrielle Zevin, Scott Brick (Narrated by)
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AJ Fikry is an independent bookseller. Tragically widowed after his wife
is killed in a car accident while escorting a visiting author, AJ is
now sole proprietor of Island Books on Alice Island off Hyannis,
Massachusetts. The store's motto, "No Man Is an Island, Every Book Is a
World," has lost its meaning, and AJ's on a mission to drink himself
to death.  He can't even be civil to Amelia Loman, the new sales rep
for Knightley Books. Then two things happen. First, his rare manuscript
of Edgar Allen Poe's teenage poetry is stolen, then two-year-old Maya
is abandoned in the bookstore with a note pinned onto her stuffed Elmo.
Booksellers will love The Storied Life of AJ Fikry for the familiar and bookstore lovers will love it even more. This is a story of second chances nurtured among the shelves.

— Carol

April 2014 Indie Next List

“Fikry is a bookseller with a small shop in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. He's a bit cantankerous, but with good reason: his wife, the 'people person' of the relationship, has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. Despite those losses, there's one strange addition, a baby girl left on his doorstep with an explicit request for Fikry to take her in. Zevin's novel offers the reality of both death and rebirth, held together by the spirit of the bookstore. It's a romantic comedy, a spiritual journey, and if you include the chapter openings, a collection of short story criticisms as well. In short, it's a celebration of books and the people who read them, write them, and sell them.”
— Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books-the only bookstore on Alice Island-has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: �I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.� A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781622313532
ISBN-10: 1622313534
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 420
Language: English