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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date:Dec 29, 2020 Carton Quantity:48 $12.99 CAD
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
By (author): Gabrielle Zevin
9780735241114 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Dec 29, 2020
$12.99 CAD
Active 4.15 x 6.82 x 0.85 in | 0.38 lb 352 pages Penguin Canada
An irresistible novel about second chances and finding room for all the books—and all the love—that transform our lives.

A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession—a rare collection of Poe poems—has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island, and even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. Then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

BESTSELLING HIT: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is an international bestseller translated into 32 languages. It was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and a #1 Library Reads Selection. In Canada it has sold almost 45K units across all formats.

RAVE REVIEWS: It received high praise across the author community and earned many starred reviews and best book nods from publications around the world. Among other honours, Fikry was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.

TIMELESSLY RELEVANT: As the Washington Post has said: “Zevin has…written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”

GABRIELLE ZEVIN is the New York Times-bestselling author of nine novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and most recently, Young Jane Young. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold millions of copies all around the world. She has written book criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She has also written screenplays, including Conversations with Other Women, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She lives in Los Angeles.

Author Residence: Los Angeles

Author Hometown: New York City

“A smart, sweet and surprising story about life, love and second chances.”—CBC Books

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry reminds us what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for. Gabrielle Zevin has written a wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.”—Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love—love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.”—Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child

“Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.”—The Washington Post

“A breezy, big-hearted treat, especially if you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of America’s national treasures—neighborhood bookstores.”—Jami Attenberg, bestselling author of All Grown Up

“I read this book in one big greedy gulp. A charming and funny love letter to the written word—it will leave you smiling and with a large lump in your throat.”—Natasha Solomons, author of House of Gold

“A powerful novel about the power of novels, but there is nothing outsize or metatextual about it, no cloying literary in-jokes or philosophical digressions: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a book for people who love books, who recognize a story well-told for what it is, and for the power it contains.”—The Globe and Mail

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has a little bit of mystery and a little bit of romance, but is at its core a love story: love of books, love of family, love of community. It is as enchanting a book as you will read this year.”—BookPage

“A love letter to the joys of reading.”—NPR

“Wade into summer reading with this sweet yet soulful tale of love, loss, the power of friendship–and books. Like sunshine on a breezy spring day, you won’t want it to end.”—Family Circle

“[A] jaunty little novel.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Funny, tender, and moving, it reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“A beautiful story about getting a second chance at love.”—The A. V. Club

“In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books…Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere.”—Booklist

“Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty.”—Publishers Weekly

“Sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

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