The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Symbols & Objects

Gabrielle Zevin
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"Tamerlane"

"Tamerlane" is a central object in "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry." It is a rare book of poems written by Edgar Allan Poe; only 50 copies were ever printed and in the novel A.J. owns one of them. The book itself is meant for A.J.'s retirement, as it has been known to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is stolen one night after A.J. has passed out drunk. Its whereabouts remain a mystery until much later in the novel, when Lambiase discovers it in Ismay's closet. Its significance lies in two major plot points of the story: one, if "Tamerlane" had never been stolen, A.J. never would have left his door unlocked, and Maya never would have been left there by her mother; and two, when "Tamerlane" is recovered and finally sold, it pays for A.J.'s...

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