Friday, January 9, 2015

Beginning ~ on a ferry

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry ~ by Gabrielle Zevin, 2014, fiction (Massachusetts), 10/10
On the ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skims her predecessor's notes.  "Island Books, approximately $250,000.00 per annum in sales, the better portion of that in the summer months to folks on holiday," Harvey Rhodes reports.
If the bookstore my friend Donna and I opened had "approximately $250,000.00 per annum in sales," we might still be in business.  I loved reading about a bookstore and its owner.  I rated it 10 of 10 because I couldn't put it down, literally, and read it in less than a day.  Beautiful writing, and I loved the mention of books-books-books on every page.  Very interesting way to portray the characters.  Of course, it helped that I recognized most of books the author mentioned.  Here's a summary of the novel that mentions "a mysterious package" that doesn't seem like the best way to describe what was left in A. J. Fikry's bookstore:
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
Oh, by the way, look at that book cover. You can read the title of one book (because I used a LARGE illustration).  It's actually one of the covers of this book!  That's unusual and kind of fun, huh?  Once before I noticed the corner of a book cover showed part of another (famous) book cover, and it too was about a bookstore.  But today's book is unique.  I think you can click the cover to enlarge it, if you like.

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.  Click here for today's Mister Linky.


SherryGLoag said...

The opening and your comments have drawn me in, and this will go on my tbr list. Thanks for sharing..

Topazshell said...

This book seems like a yummy. Really enjoyed what you wrote about it.

Katherine P said...

I really enjoyed this one! I had a different cover but I love yours! The book in the window is such fun! I've never noticed that detail before!