The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

by Rachel Baker on April 1, 2014

There’s a new story at Old Musty Books referencing an Interview with Gabrielle Zevin.

Thirty-nine year old widower A.J. Fikry is an unlikely romantic hero: He’s cranky, he drinks too much, his bookstore is failing and don’t get him started on the state of publishing. He’s also at the center of Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

Zevin’s book is a love letter to the joys of reading. Each chapter begins with the title of a short story or a book and a note from Fikry describing what he likes about it, essentially introducing each character by what they read. Zevin tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that it’s a book she’s been wanting to write for some time.

“I thought as a strategy it would be really interesting to describe people in terms of what they read and how they read,” she says. “I think you can do a lot, like describing people with their physical characteristics, things like that, but to me I’ve always found it to be a much more informative question to ask somebody what they read.”

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