The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Summary Study Guide

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A.J. Fikry: AJ is the grumpy owner of a bookstore called Island Books on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. He is grumpy because his wife died. When baby Maya lands on his doorstep, he starts becoming sensitive. Eventually he becomes sensitive enough to date Amelia (see below). Then he dies. See what being sensitive will get you?

 Ismay: Ismay is AJ's sister in law. She hates her husband Daniel because he boned another woman and squirted a bastard baby into her. Later, when he conveniently dies, she encourages Lambiase (see below) to bone her. By the way, her name is a lot like Dismay, isn't it?

 Nic: AJ's dead wife. I wonder if her name is short for nicotine.

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 Amelia: Amelia is a book rep for a publishing house. AJ falls for her, they start dating, he bones her, and they get married. Amelia was originally going to marry another guy, but the other guy didn't like books like AJ did, and Amelia realized she couldn't have the same book orgasms with him that she could with AJ.

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