Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books, 2014/Dreamscape Media, LLC. (audiobook), 2014
Summary/Review: Ove is not someone you want to cross paths with. He is an older man, set in his ways, and not afraid to tell people what he thinks whether they want to hear it or not. Ove is a man on a mission. He has only one goal left to accomplish, but it is not going to be easy to achieve it.
As the story switches back and forth from present to past, you get a better understanding of how certain experiences in Ove’s life, especially those involving his youth and wife, shaped his personality and outlook. The supporting characters provide a unique link to Ove’s daily routine. There is a great importance of how timing affects everything.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the people (and animals) in your life. The story will stay with you long after the book ends. It is a strong read from start to finish and an excellent choice for book clubs. It will easily top your favorites’ list.
Added note: The reader (and known actor) on the audiobook is exceptional, painting a clear image of Ove and the rest of the cast.
Who will like this book: Anyone looking for the next best book.
If you like this, try this: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Recommended by: Sharyn, Circulation
If you think this is a book you’d like to read, visit the Fairfield Public Library catalog to see if it’s available and/or to place a hold!