"Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both."--The Washington Post
A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.
"This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory." --Eowyn Ivey, author of
The Snow Child
"You won't want it to end." --
"A natural for book groups." --
"A reader's paradise of the first order." --
The Buffalo News
"A fun, page-turning delight." --
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible." --
"A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time." --Garth Stein, author of
The Art of Racing in the Rain
"Readers who delighted in
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and
Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this novel." --*
Library Journal, starred review
Charming and heartwarming tale! I want to travel to this island and meet these characters! Loved it! ~ Jill
Who doesn’t love books about books?Lonely young bookseller faces the theft of this rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe books. Mystery ensues and publisher rep enters. I’m not telling you anything else or it will be spoiled! ~ Sally
Fikry is a bookseller with a small shop in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. He's a bit cantankerous, but with good reason: his wife, the 'people person' of the relationship, has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. Despite those losses, there's one strange addition, a baby girl left on his doorstep with an explicit request for Fikry to take her in. Zevin's novel offers the reality of both death and rebirth, held together by the spirit of the bookstore. It's a romantic comedy, a spiritual journey, and if you include the chapter openings, a collection of short story criticisms as well. In short, it's a celebration of books and the people who read them, write them, and sell them.
-Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
About the AuthorView
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of many popular books for teens, including "Elsewhere", " Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"", " and "In the Age of Love and Chocolate", the final novel in the Birthright trilogy." "Her novels for adults are "Margarettown", " The Hole We re In", and the forthcoming "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry". She was also the screenwriter for "Conversations with Other Women", for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. After many years on Manhattan s Upper West Side, she recently moved to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.