An utterly charming tribute to books, bookstores and booksellers everywhere, this is a story about transformation and second chances, as well. The literary references are simply an added bonus.
After the death of his young wife, A. J. Fikry, quirky owner of Island Books, finds his life in a downward spiral. He’s depressed; he’s drinking too much; he’s alienated almost everyone he knows; and, to top it all off, his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Then, an unexpected package is left in his bookstore, and his life is transformed.
I wistfully turned the last page at 1:00 AM, sorry it had ended but delighted to have read it. Pick it up for a satisfying, irresistible read. — Gail King
What a delightful read! When someone leaves their baby in grumpy A.J.’s bookshop, he begins reevaluating his life. A book for book lovers! — Amelia Stymacks
A.J. Fikry is an embittered bookstore owner, more in love with books than anything else- including his life. But when a baby girl is left in his shop, A.J.'s life is forever changed. A love letter to bookstores and booksellers, this novel is an absolute delight! — Marika McCoola