Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 13 minutes
First Published: 2012
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.
Quotes from A Man Called Ove
People said Ove saw the world in black and white. But she was color. All the color he had.
We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.
Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say.
You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away.
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About Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman is a bestselling Swedish author. His works include A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Beartown, Anxious People, and Us Against You. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Visit the author’s website →