Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Sold By: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales, Inc.
Source: Purchased from Amazon
This was the first book I read by Fredrik Buckman and I love it so much that I am now on a mission to read all of his books. The protagonist, Ove is not your average, well loved book character. He is an angry, short tempered, senior citizen that has definitely not moved into the 21st century. He has basically been a loner since his wife died, and her passing did nothing to improve his disposition. He follows rigid rules and expects everyone else to also follow them. However, one day a young couple moves in to the house next door and shakes Ove's world up. The wife is very talkative and very pregnant and on their first meeting she manages to plow down Ove's mail box.
The young woman always seems to somehow overlook Ove's cantankerous moods and talk. Despite Ove's repeated attempts to avoid these people, the woman manages to befriend him, Well, sort of befriend him. This story is centered around this odd friendship. There is plenty of things both of these people will learn about themselves, as well as each other. It is a story of heartbreak, humor, and sorrow, but mostly it is a beautiful story of love kindness and friendship. Ove might not seem to be an interesting character at first glance, but if you give him a chance, he will steal your heart.