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A Man Called Ove

 

By Fredrik Backman

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 is Ove bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered on 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 bubbly young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heart-warming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

All of this changes one cranky old man and a local residents’ association all the way down to their very foundations. 

A feel-good, charming story and an absolute must-read!