Saturday, August 15, 2015
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
How I loved Ove. He is as grumpy and grouchy as they come - I pictured Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt. His wife Sonja, who friends were always grateful married him and made him manageable for some time, has just died. He sees no reason to go on, and begins to plan a way to end his life. But nosy, meddling neighbors keep finding ways to divert him from his goal, and through these interactions, the soft side of Ove is revealed. Swedish author and blogger Frederik Backman has painted a tender character who will stay with you long after the last episode - which is laugh out loud funny. I agree with Booklist - “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).