The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

We have a disenchanted widower, a baby abandoned at the doorstep of his bookstore, and an unlucky-in-love sales representative who takes an immediate dislike to the store’s snarky owner. Along the way we meet an assortment of other characters in the remote island where the story’s set, all of whom tie into the theme of second chances that I took away from The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry.

The story mostly pans out as you’d anticipate, with an ending that yanked at my heartstrings in a way I hadn’t expected. I hadn’t realised how attached I’d become to the characters along the way. Literary references are littered throughout, centring an independent bookstore, to make this a book any bibliophile would be easily drawn to.

The overarching message that I appreciated the most from Collected Works of A. J. Fikry was the power people have to climb back up following their losses or failures, if they’re brave enough.

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