The Storied Works of A.J.Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book has been published in so many countries and so many languages and so many different cover pictures and titles, I couldn’t believe it. While the book club chose “The Storied Works of A.J. Fikry” I was only able to get “The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry”, which is the UK version of this book. Then I found out it was read as a series on BBC Radio 4. Kind of amazing how many people have read, listened to and followed the story of A.J. Fikry, Maya and Amelia.

A.J. is a recently widowed owner of a book store. Amelia a publisher’s sales rep, and Maya the toddler abondoned in the book store. Circumstances change the lives of all three.

I missed book club this week and no one sent me their reviews. Oh well, you will hear from me.

the aj fikryRobin: A clever little book, quick read, and well written. I love authors that think of something rather out of the ordinary to carry the story, and Gabrielle Levin does this well. With the story taking place in a book store, each chapter begins with a note from A.J., reviewing a story or book, but also introducing the theme of the chapter. In this way, the reader witnesses the evolution of his grief and his recovery. A bit of mystery thrown in, tons of humor (my favorite is the police chief who loves Costco and takes up reading with enthusiasm), engaging characters throughout, all combine to make this book fun to read. Rate: 4.0

The AJ


  1. Robin Rice says

    Yikes! Too much multi-tasking in my life. Thanks, Sarah, for pointing this out.

  2. The authors name is actually Gabrielle Zevin.

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