“…All I can say is we’ll figure it out, I swear. When I read a book, I want you to be reading it at the same time. I want to know what would [you] think about it. I want you to be mine. I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart.”
A.J Fikry is a bookstore owner, widow, and alcoholic. When a baby is mysteriously left in his bookstore one evening, A.J. Fikry’s drunken and wounded heart is challenged. The mother is found dead with her last known wish that her child be raised in a bookstore.
“It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us… but it is only because we are isolated when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen to not be alone.”
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is story of “unexpected love [rescuing] you and [bringing] you back to real life, in a world that you won’t want to leave, with characters that you will come to love.”
“There is only one word that matters… we aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved…. and these, think these really do live on.”