Sigh….what can I say about this story? I absolutely loved it. The story was just beautiful. The way it was written truly captured my heart. You see these characters, warts and all, develop into more meaningful relationships and find peace within themselves.
The story is about A.J. Fikry a curmudgeonly 40 year-old widower that is hell bent on becoming a full-time alcoholic, driving his small bookstore into the ground, and dying as soon as possible. He sees the world in the scope of stories and literary devices. To him, everyone is either a main or supporting character in life. Each person their own novel with dramatic climaxes and twisting story plots. He has effectively isolated himself from everyone but then something miraculous happens; a small child is abandoned in his bookstore.
A.J. slowly begins to come to life as he takes on the responsibility of being a father. The story then shows how A.J. transforms from a bitter recluse into a loving father and prominent member of the community.
I can’t really say enough about this book. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with A.J. Fikry. Wrought with humor and life-illuminating realism, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a book that will definitely leave you thinking and reflecting on your own relationships and what is important in life and why. This was definitely the best book I have read so far this year! I highly recommend.