The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin This book was recommended by a friend who thought that I might like it -- and, I did! Foremost, it's set in a bookstore (a winner from the get go)! The characters love to read and talk about books (can it get any better?). The central protagonist references passages from other literary works and leaves them as messages to his loved ones (icing on the cake!)

The first half of the book is ingredients added to the plot. A slice here and a pinch there, a neatly cut piece versus a rough-torn shred -- and slowly the pot (or plot) fills and in the second half, it has simmered to a lovely stew. As you read, you'd certainly see that all of our lives are stories as well, broiled (or embroiled) in the stew pot of life in all of its stages: from preparation, marination to the ultimate serve up.

As author Margaret Atwood wrote: "In the end, we'll all become stories," or for the sci-fi fans, Dr Who said: "We're all stories in the end, just make it a good one."