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Book Review: The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

December 29, 2015

 

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

 

This book is astonishing! It is a relatively slim novel, but it packs an emotional punch. I loved it so much that I very much suspect that it will remain one of my all-time favourites. The book centres around A.J. Fikry who owns a bookshop on the island of Alice. When the novel opens he has recently been widowed and he is certainly less than nice when new rep Amelia comes to make her first sales call. In fact, A.J. Fikry is cantankerous and downright rude. But the reader feels sympathy for him. He loved his wife very much and he is lost without her – and to make matters worse the valuable first edition he has been keeping has been stolen. He had planned to sell it and to exit his bookshop, but now he has no choice but to carry on. But then a baby, Maya, is left in the bookshop with a note that will change his life…

 

The Collected Works in the title refers to the various novels that A.J. Fikry comments on in the course of the story, but this is much more than just a collection of literature. This is a novel that with a huge heart and will have you laughing and crying as you read. A fabulous novel!

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