The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great book for booklovers: set over a bookshop (mostly) and many references to favorite books and authors. This is about print book culture over digital book culture, about the power of words. The excitement that the two publisher reps have for their product is heartwarming.
That's not all, however, and that "not all" is why this was a four instead of a five. At the heart of this book is a mystery, the question of why Maya was left in the bookstore for A.J.; while the mystery doesn't take up much of the book it is still there and the answer strains credulity quite a bit. On the other hand, the short blurbs - shelf-talkers in a way - for several short stories will delight readers, either sending them off to read the story for the first time or to a knowing re-read.
ARC provided by publisher.