Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ray's Reviews: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by GAbrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin will be discussing her writings and signing books 
on Wednesday at 7 pm at Schuler Books, 
Eastwood Town Center, Lansing.

"The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin, $24.95) is an intriguing tale that focuses on the life of Fikry, owner of a small new bookshop located in an old Victorian house on an island off the East Coast.

It's entertaining escapism that starts off a little slow, but soon becomes considerably more interesting. The main cantankerous character goes through a remarkable metamorphosis, after an unexpected, life-changing event.

Full of quirky, unusual characters (including a police officer, a book sales representative and a soused author), the compelling tale is tough to put down. At times, however, there are unpredictable occurrences that stretch believability.

Zevin, who's written five books for young adults plus two other novels, is in fine form with a memorable tale about life, love, risk-taking and growth.

It could easily be produced as a made-for-TV movie. "Fikry" is a great novel for beach reading and would be an excellent choice for a book club discussion group.

Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing’s Curious Book Shop, 
has reviewed books regularly since 1987.

Find this book and other great titles
at the Curious Book Shop, an independent 
book shop in East Lansing, founded in 1969.

Curious Book Shop
307 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, Michigan

This review was originally published by the Lansing State Journal on  May 7, 2014.

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