Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Beginnings: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

"On the ferry from Hyannis to Alice Island, Amelia Loman paints her nails yellow and, while waiting for them to dry, skims her predecessor's notes."

Naming the sales rep "Loman" feels a little heavy-handed, but other than that, I really liked this opening. I've been Amelia. I have taken the ferry to visit bookstores on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket as a sales rep. And yes, some bookstore owners are certainly this cantankerous.


Harvee said...

The beginning is intriguing. I'd read this for sure.

Unknown said...

I'm glad you told us that she is a book sales rep, I tend to throw too much imagination at the quote and thought maybe she was a spy replacing someone who was killed!

Here's my beginning.

CraftyOtakuReader said...

Sounds interesting!

Check out my Friday 56/Book Beginnings!

Shaina said...

Sorry if I'm being dense, but why is "Loman" heavy-handed?

Shaina said...

Nevermind, just looked it up for myself! :)

Carin Siegfried said...

Willy Loman is the titular salesman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, a sad-sack failure from a generation gone by. I should have explained!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

You are more clever than I about catching the name LOMAN. Now I think it is very funny. I am a big fan of this book. We are reading it for book club next month so I may have to reread it to remind myself how much I love it.