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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

I by chance found Elsewhere, a book by Gabrielle Zevin imagining the afterlife as a place where you live backwards from the age of your death until it's time for you to be reborn. The lead there was a teen though other characters of various ages were also portrayed.  Recommended. 

This book focuses on a bookseller and those around him, also for an extended period of time, but facing forward.  It too is worthwhile.  A little gem is found on the copyright page:
This is a work of fiction. While, as in all fiction, the literary perceptions and insights are based on experience, all names, characters places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictionally. 
One thing that annoys me -- yes, reader, many things do though I try to keep things in perspective including my annoyances -- is the generic disclaimer that something is completely a work of fiction.  In fact, any relation to actual events is merely intentional. And then, we see some historical figure or event being portrayed etc. that is clearly supposed to be at least somewhat factual.  This disclaimer is more accurate.

The author has written other books as well as couple screenplays, but nothing the last few years from what I can tell.  These works includes a trilogy that at the moment I do not want to read, but am interested in her first novel (Margarettown).  She has a good letter [November 2016, if she updates that page] to Trump voters.

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