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A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2014, 352 pages
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    May 2015, 368 pages

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Underneath a crabby exterior, lies a heart of gold — this is certainly true for a man called Ove.

Voted Best Debut of 2014 by BookBrowse's Members
Reading A Man Called Ove was like having Christmas arrive early. Set in Sweden, this debut novel is a miraculous gem with heart and substance and a new favorite that will warrant frequent re-reading. The author is a well-liked Swedish columnist, who introduced the irascible 59 year-old curmudgeon Ove (pronounced ooveh) on his blog. The English language version of the bestseller is adeptly translated by Swedish novelist, screenwriter and editor Henning Koch.

Ove is the cranky neighbor or co-worker most strive to avoid. Bereft of conventional niceties, blunt to the point of being insulting, he habitually bestows disparaging nicknames on people he encounters. Perpetually irritable, swift to take offence and frequently simmering with anger, he has neither family nor friends.

Ove has been ousted from leadership of the Neighborhood ...

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