Thursday, May 15, 2014

Coming Soon to a Book Store near You -- A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman

Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today. I thought this debut novel sounded like a good one. Do you like the sound of it? 

A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman
Atria - July 2014

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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 and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.


  1. I hadn't heard of this one. It does sounds charming.

  2. Sounds unique and entertaining.

  3. I already love Ove! Enjoy debut novels and Swedish authors.

  4. I will read it for sure! Sounds wonderful.

  5. Yes, this is a fun read!

  6. I do want to read this. I loved the Pettigrew book, and this one sounds like my cuppa. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


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