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A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman
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Publisher Description

Now a major motion picture A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks!

#1 New York Times bestseller—more than 3 million copies sold!

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.

Fredrik Backman’s beloved first novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

1361 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“I cannot stop sobbing”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingOriginal writingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“This is my favorite book of all time and I doubt anything will ever top it. I just have to think of some of the things that happen in this book and tears come to my eyes. An absolutely beautiful story.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingOriginal writing
Loudly Crying Face“This book is about cherishing your time with your friends. It's about love and losing someone you love. It's about living life as if it's your last. It will make you contemplate how you live your life and how you spend your life with the people you love. It just makes you appreciate life more. IT'S REALLY A MUST READ! I won't forget Ove, ever.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDescriptive writingEasy to readFunny writingRealistic settingHeartbreakingHomophobiaSelf-harm
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Great book about a grumpy old man. Makes you laugh & cry.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveFast-pacedRealistic settingComicalFeel goodHeartbreaking
Loudly Crying Face“This book WRECKED me. Beautifully written, 10/10”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readFunny writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingImmersive settingHeartbreaking

About Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.

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