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Sandy's June 2015 pick
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
Fans of British TV's "One Foot in the Grave" will recognize Ove as a Swedish Victor Meldrew. Descibed as the "grumpiest man you will ever meet", Ove gives new meaning to the term curmudgeon. He has always been a bit of a grump, but since the loss of his wife he cannot bear companionship (human or other). When new neighbors move in next door, Ove's life changes despite his best resistance. The book is hysterically funny, poignant and big-hearted. I loved it!
“A Man Called Ove by Swedish blogger and columnist Backman is one of those books you read and then want everyone else to read, too. It is also one of those books where you don't dare go into detail about the main character, the setting, or the plot because that would ruin the experience for others. Suffice it to say that the man whose name is Ove is a curmudgeon. He's grumpy. He's cantankerous. And he is a delight! Long may he harrumph!”
— Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
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