Lawdy, somebody hand me my smelling salts, this book was so delicious that I may just swoon. If you’re a bibliophile and you’re not sure if this book will make you swoon too just check out this list of all the literary references in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.
Like When I Found You, I stumbled upon this book via Kindle Unlimited. Unlike When I Found You, this book was a lovely, sweet surprise. Sure, it was a bit saccharine at times but the realistically portrayed, confounding, flawed characters prevented me from getting too grossed about by the 10% of this book that was adorable.
The story is that of Mr. Fikry, depressed, widowed, possibly alcoholic bookseller. Somebody leaves a baby in his bookstore so he raises it, obviously. This is not the most original plot in the world but it’s done very well here.
Is this great literature? No, not really. But it’s a book that’s clearly written by someone who loves books. I read this late at night after Sam had gone to bed and it held my interest, even as my eyes fluttered shut.