A Man Called Ove (Paperback)

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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!

— From Sandy Eaton Newell

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Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. "If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year, ' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down" (Booklist, starred review).


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476738024
ISBN-10: 1476738025
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English