The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a wonderful story about a crotchety old widower who owns a book store on a small touristy island. A series of events happens to Mr. Fikry and suddenly he’s not all that old and perhaps not so crotchety.
“He wants to laugh out loud or punch a wall. He feels drunk or at least carbonated. Insane. At first, he thinks this is happiness, but then he determines it’s love. Fucking love, he thinks. What a bother. It’s completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death, to drive his business to ruin. The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a shit about everything.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is so nice to just read a pleasant novel, well written book. This is not all candy and unicorn happiness, but some tragedy is part of life and living and the author manages things very well. I highly recommend this book. I gave it five stars on Goodreads and wished that I could give it more.