A MAN CALLED OVE -- a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2015, Washington Square Press; 337 pages)
At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don’t even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he’s gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove’s suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small.
The story of Ove is one of transformation, about a grumpy old man who has suffered great loss. Enter a cast of unlikely, diverse characters that turn his world upside down. It’s a fast, feel-good read.
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