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

“A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession–a rare edition of Poe poems–has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.” (

This was a delightful book and a quick read.  It made me think about how ONE event has the power to alter your life completely and how incidents that we think are isolated are really connected under the surface of things.

Things will happen to us because we members of the human family are woven together whether we like it or not.   It’s HOW we respond to the unexpected that  can either lead us to shrink into darkness or open up new doors of possibility and hope.  Delightful book!




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