A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Reviewed by: Rebecca, KPL Patron
Rating: 3 stars
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 neighbour 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.
"Practically all of us have seen the movie "Grumpy Old Men", and most of us know someone like that in our lives or have heard stories about someone like that. Now you can read about one. Ove is your typical grumpy cantankerous old man. He is forever frowning and complaining but through reading the book, you learn he really has a heart of gold."