The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
How it begins: On the Ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skins her predecessor’s notes.
This book was just a simple read of pure enjoyment. It was a story for those who like stories, who find comfort in books, who get excited by a full bookshelf and a comfortable chair.
I was unsure what to expect when I started reading. Mr. Fikry is not easy to love at first. The characters are flawed, but smart. They face loss and trouble and are afforded happiness – some fleeting and some redeeming. References to other works of literary fiction, short stories and classics add depth for the real readers who find themselves lost in the Island bookstore.
Maya’s life is interesting and rich. Daniel’s (spoiler alert) end is one of the most simple and most beautiful ends I’ve ever read. A.J. begins with hardship, grows with duty and is touched with love in the end. The stories we tell those who matter to us, and the stories we keep from them were shown as meaningful and served to connect to the characters in a kinder and more empathetic way that I would in a normal, quick summer read.
If you enjoy sitting with a good book, do make sure you sit with this one.