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

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A celebration of books, a bookshop and love. Set in Alice Island, America, it centres on the bookshop owner A J who has just lost his wife and a very rare book. The police officer who breaks the news of the accident and investigates the theft becomes his friend and A J introduces him to reading, oh, and his wife’s sister. The bookshop wanes, a publisher’s rep, Amelia, becomes concerned and then a baby is left on the doorstep! This is an involved, warm, uplifting tale of mature love despite the tragedies life throws at us. It takes us right through the abandoned baby’s formative years and into college. The only sadness is the added book reviews are American.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A J Fikry runs a bookshop in a summer resort on Alice Island, Massachusetts. His life is in ruins: his young wife has died and a valuable first edition – his nest egg – has been stolen. Then a toddler is left in the shop with a note from her desperate mother saying she can no longer cope and wants her daughter to grow up among people who care about books. Funny, slick, charming, and upbeat, it can be read in a sitting, and with its small, sometimes unlikely, cast of characters and bittersweet humour, should bring a smile to the face of every booklover.
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The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookshop. His wife has just died, in tragic circumstances. His rare and valuable first edition has been stolen. His life is a wreck. Amelia is a book rep, with a big heart, and a lonely life. Maya is the baby left on A.J.'s bookshop floor with a note. What happens in the bookshop that changes the lives of these seemingly normal but extraordinary characters? This is the story of how unexpected love can rescue you and bring you back to real life, in a world that you won't want to leave, with characters that you will come to love.

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A warm and uplifting story which manages to be witty and quietly subversive while avoiding the pitfalls of sentimentality * Mail on Sunday * it's hard not to be charmed by this story . . . Full of knowing literary jokes, Zevin's pithy novel is nonetheless undoubtedly entertaining and remains unconventional enough to cut through the sentiment * Daily Mail * I was captivated . . . a touching, funny and uplifting novel that reminds us how books have the power to shape and transform our lives * Psychologies * Sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining . . . A likable literary love story about selling books and finding love * Kirkus * Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious * Publishers Weekly * A breezy, big-hearted treat, especially if you've ever wondered about the inner workings of America's national treasures--neighborhood bookstores -- Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere * Booklist * Readers who delighted in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Jessica Brockmole's Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this adult novel by a popular YA author about a life of books, redemption, and second chances. Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love * Library Journal * Reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written 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 Rai I read this book in one big greedy gulp. A charming and funny love letter to the written word - it will leave you smiling and with a large lump in your throat -- Natasha Solomons, bestselling author of Mr Rosenblum's List and The Novel in the Viola Delightful! I read [it] in one sitting. 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 This wonderful, funny, uplifting homage to bookshops is an absolute treat. I've bought it for everyone I know * Huffington Post * Packed with the love of a life lived around books * Metro * Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both * Washington Post *


About the Author

Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is a screenwriter and a novelist. As a screenwriter, Gabrielle has optioned several screenplays, and her screenplay for Conversations wiith Other Women, was filmed with Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart in the lead roles, now availble on DVD.

Gabrielle is a 2000 graduate of Harvard with a degree in English & American Literature. She was born in New York and lives there still with one pug dog, Mrs. DeWinter, and her partner of ten years, director Hans Canosa.

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Publication date

23rd April 2015

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Gabrielle Zevin

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349141077

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