Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 473 pages

I am sure if you look up "Ove" in a Swedish dictionary it would say "curmudgeon, set in his ways, high standards for himself and everyone else hiding a huge heart".  Throughout this entire book, Ove is trying to die.  You see, his lovely wife of many years, the only one who ever understood him, has died and Ove wants nothing more than to be with her.  However, life constantly interferes with Ove's plans.  First the young couple and 2 young daughters move in next door.  They don't know how to back in a trailer, fix a stuck window and the pregnant mother constantly needs Ove's assistance!  Then, the stray cat adopts him, his nemesis Rune needs his help and on and on.  This was a cute, heartwarming tale.

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