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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – “Our Secret Sharers”

August 10, 2014


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Print Length: 260 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014

Price: $ 15.76

Buy from Amazon. Click Here: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

I love this book. It starts out good and gets better and better. And central to its appeal is, for a reader, the appeal of books. Here we have contemporary stories of relationships, of an abandoned child, even of brain cancer…and they are linked to our secret sharers, books.

But this is all very real and current. I challenge anyone who reads it not to think over their own life and the role books have played in it. I know I have. We turn the page to find out what will happen, and when it does with 100% credibility we come full circle―from a missing Edgar Allen Poe to discovering what happened to it and why.

There is a chapter on ebooks, on a book club for policemen, on Facebook, even why a community needs books. It reminds us what saves us from isolation, and most important gets us going back to books that have made us who we are―Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Conner, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you have to take one book on a trip, this is it. You will be carrying many back.

5 out of 5_edited-1