“This debut novel demonstrates the author’s outstanding talent with phrasing to portray the characters’ personalities. Funny, sweet, sad, laugh-out-loud in many instances, I have recommended this book to many friends who want a thoughtful, engaging, yet playful story about human nature and people interacting with each other.” – avid Backman reader
“Hilarious, yet touching. Author’s debut novel.” – Schlow Library
In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. Heâ€™s a curmudgeonâ€”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 â€śthe bitter neighbor from hell.â€ť But must Ove be bitter just because he doesnâ€™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 Oveâ€™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 residentsâ€™ association to their very foundations.
A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrewâ€™s Last Stand, Fredrik Backmanâ€™s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.