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.
(Story synopsis and cover image from goodreads.com)
A new year of reading has started! The 2017 Pi Beta Phi book club had picked A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. What I am really enjoying so far about the list of titles for the year, is that they are following the theme of books that will be turned into (or have been made into) movies. I find this to be a great incentive to read the books before watching the movie, and also to expand the titles that I read at the same time. Continue reading