CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Secret Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


A.J. Fikry is a grumpy widower trying to run a failing bookstore. When a child is left in Fikry's bookstore, his world is turned upside down. What follows is a smart, sweet and surprising story about life, love and second chances.

"To the Owner of This Bookstore:

This is Maya. She is twenty-five months old. She is VERY SMART, exceptionally verbal for her age, and a sweet, good girl. I want her to grow up to be a reader. I want her to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about those kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her. The father cannot be in her life, and I do not have a family that can help. I am desperate.


Maya's Mother"

Gabrielle Zevin, The Secret Life of A.J. Fikry

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