The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Rating: * * *
I love the title. It’s difficult to resist a book whose title makes such delicious promises.
This book is a slide show: here is A.J., recently widowed, grieving, crotchety; here is Amelia, new sales rep on the bookstore’s account; here is Maya, abandoned in the bookstore; here are Maya and A.J. and Amelia together.
As each slide appears, we accept on faith that what we see is true. There is no way to verify; character development occurs between slides. We see snapshots of the bookstore, its patrons and townsfolk, until we arrive at the end of the slide show, back at the beginning.
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.