Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Storied Life of A J Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

A. J, Fikry runs Island Books on a remote small island relying on the tourist trade to help pay his bills.  Life for him is not turning out as he expected it to.  Widowed young and living above his bookshop we meet all the characters who turn up and change his life.  It is a sweet book, charming in it's span of his life and the quirky friends who pepper his days, but somehow I just didn't buy it.  I just felt it was a little too Forrest Gump, in that there seemed to be a few too many cliches, the policeman friend, the unhappy sister- in -law and the philandering brother-in-law.  Still it was a delightful little read.  4/5

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