In The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, we meet A.J. Fikry, a curmudgeonly bookstore owner. A.J. lives on a small island called Alice and runs Island Bookstore. He is a widower, and he’s not altogether likeable at the beginning of the book. He’s rude to a publisher’s sales lady, a theft occurs, …

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