The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

d793508c0676e38596a61596b67434f414f4141A.J. Fikry lives above the bookstore he opened with his wife on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Sadly, his wife passed away, and he’s at the point of the process of grief where he pretty much hates his life and doesn’t see a way past how he’s currently feeling. That’s when a two year old girl is left in his shop (her mother shortly turns up drowned), and A.J. ends up adopting her.

This story is entirely framed by books – Maya turns his life around, and allows him to reach out to other members of the community in a way he did not before. It’s a sweet story – nothing complex, just lovely small town characters interacting in a bookstore. If you’re a real reader, you’ll love the setting.

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