A Man Called Ove (Paperback)

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After watching copies of this book fly off the bestseller table and listening to passionate recommendations from customers, I decided to read this book myself. I’m glad I did!

Ove is referred to as a “grumpy old bastard.” On the surface, he lives up to this title! One soon discovers that he is a 59 year-old man who recently lost his wife, the love of his life. He also lost his job, and does not know how to proceed in his life. All he wants to do is die, but his five suicide attempts are foiled by unusual circumstances.

Against his “grumpy” judgement, Ove develops relationships with unlikely characters who, in the end, save him from despair. I grew to love Ove and learned from him that grief is a strange thing. I’m keeping my eyes open for Oves that might appear in my own life! I will now have a better understanding!

-Recommended by Virgie

— From May 2016 Staff Picks

Ove, a 59 year-old man just lost his wife and has subsequently turned into a “grumpy old bastard.” On the surface he lives up to this title, until he develops relationships with unlikely characters who, in the end, save him from despair. I grew to love Ove and learned from him that grief is a strange thing!

-Recommended by Virgie

— From December 2016 Staff Picks

August 2014 Indie Next List


“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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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