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    Well written and very entertaining

    I loved this book!
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fiery

    Every book seller should be required to read this. All who love their local independent book store MUST read this! If you love a love story, read this. Read this! For a full review, pick up the June Edition of "The Lighthouse Peddler" - lighthouse peddler.net
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    The Storied Life of A, J. GIKRY

    Funny, quirky booK for anyone who loves books and indie bookstores, many references relating each chapter to book A J talks about as chapter stsrts
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    The Storied Life

    Really well written but too sad of an ending. Excellent story line. Well rounded characters.
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    Brilliance

    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevi touched me on so many levels. A story about a bookstore and bookseller that turns into something completely unexpected. I don’t have the right words to give this book enough credit. This is such a moving, intelligent, clever novel done in a way that you can easily see the surroundings, feel the characters and be right there with them. An endearing, feel good, feel emotional story that is perfect for the holidays or anytime you are looking for some humanity and inspiration. I savored this slowly not because I was not enthused but because I wanted to take it all in properly. The language, the smart dialog had me re-reading certain lines twice. Little gems that are not only enlightening but original. Not sure I have ever read anything quite like this but the author and her prose impressed me. Never met her, though Amazon won’t let me give her an honest review because of their friends not reviewing friends policy. Still, if I could I would give her a big fat 5 star review and suggest this to everyone who appreciates smart solid writing without trying too hard. There are lines I wish I wrote and I marvel at the talent that comes across effortless. I read a ton and don’t often gush about a book or the writing but this book deserves attention. There are similarities to Mark Barry’s The Night Porter. Smart, intellectual with a theme that not only has heart but is relatable to us wanna-be authors who are trying to make our mark in the publishing world. I applaud this little piece of brilliance and look forward to reading more from Miss Zevi. Quote ~ “You took that turn a little fast, darling,” Daniel Says, She thinks about driving them both off the road and into the ocean, and the thought makes her happy, happier than she had been if she’d only killed herself. She realizes in that moment that she doesn’t want to be dead. She wants Daniel to be dead. Or at least gone. Yes, gone. She’d settle for gone. “I don’t love you anymore.” “Ismay, you’re being absurd. You always get like this at weddings.” “You are not a good man,” Ismay says. “I’’m complex. And maybe I’m not good, but I’m certainly not the worst. It’s no reason to end a perfectly average marriage,” Daniel says. “You’re the grasshopper and I’m the ant. And I’m tired of being the ant.”

“That’s a rather juvenile reference. I’m sure you can do better.” Ismay pulls the car over tot he side of the road. Her hands are shaking. “You are bad and what is worse is, you’ve made me bad,” she says. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” A car whizzes by them, close enough to rattle the walls of the SUV. “Ismay, this is an insane place to park. If you want to argue, let’s drive home and do it properly.”
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