Prepare to be charmed by this quirky, heartwarming story. Ove is a man with a lot of rules. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things, Ove prefers doing things right and has no patience for those too clueless to know the difference. He prizes things that are useful, disdains things that are not. Ove feels he is no longer useful, it is not how he wants to be, but there it is. His wife died and he was forced into retirement, what is left for him? Now all Ove wants is to get his affairs in order and kill himself. Is it too much to ask to be left in peace to carry out this plan? Apparently it is. First a new neighbor with no idea how to properly drive a trailer runs over Ove’s mailbox, then a kid leaves a broken bicycle in the common area, it is just one thing after another keeping him from his objective. Soon, much against his wishes, Ove is involved with a scruffy homeless cat, his new neighbor’s many crises, and all sorts of the messy, emotional, parts of life Ove would prefer to avoid. Ove is a curmudgeon, quick to judge and slow to tolerate, yet there is humanity and goodness in the man the reader will discover. A charming story on the unexpected value of a life.— Deon Stonehouse
August 2014 Indie Next List
“A Man Called Ove by Swedish blogger and columnist Backman is one of those books you read and then want everyone else to read, too. It is also one of those books where you don't dare go into detail about the main character, the setting, or the plot because that would ruin the experience for others. Suffice it to say that the man whose name is Ove is a curmudgeon. He's grumpy. He's cantankerous. And he is a delight! Long may he harrumph!”
— Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible... The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.