A.J. calls it the “in ten years house” meaning that “in ten years, it might be livable.” Amelia calls it “a project” and she sets herself to working on it immediately. Maya, having recently made her way through The Lord of the Rings trilogy, names it Bag End. “Because it looks as if a hobbit might live here.”
A.J. kisses his daughter on the forehead. He is delighted to have produced such a fantastic nerd.
― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
4 thoughts on “Wordsmitten Wednesday: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry”
I just finished reading this book! Gods, I love Zevin’s writing. Now on to Margarettown…
I enjoyed this book, but I think I would’ve enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read Silas Marner earlier this year – the plots are virtually identical (Zevin did it on purpose). A. J. Fikry is a superior book, IMO.
I’ve never read Silas Marner but based on your assessment, maybe that’s a good thing?
Yes, that’s probably a good thing. Silas Marner has an interesting plot – stolen treasure, little girl changes grump’s life, etc. – but the characters are flat and paper thin.