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Penguin Canada Fall 2022

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Movie Tie-In Edition)
A Novel
Media tie-in
By (author): Gabrielle Zevin
Gabrielle Zevin


Penguin Canada



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General / adult
Nov 15, 2022
$21.00 CAD


8.25in x 5.27 x 0.69 in | 0.52 lb

Page Count:

272 pages
Penguin Canada
FICTION / Family Life / General

“[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

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.

    A.J. FIKRY ON THE BIG SCREEN: With the movie adaptation of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry set to hit theatres in Canada and the US in October 2022, this movie tie-in edition is sure to sail on all the Gabrielle Zevin buzz.

    MOMENTUM OF GABRIELLE’S LATEST NOVEL: Speaking of buzz, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow has been hot in the media since it hit bookstore shelves, and this movie tie-in is sure to push Gabrielle’s sales over the edge.

    MAJOR BESTSELLER: 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 an internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author whose books have been translated into thirty-eight languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, spent several months on the New York Times bestseller list, was a USA Today bestseller, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

Author Residence: Los Angeles

Author Hometown: New York City

Praise for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry:

    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

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