A Man Called Ove

Thank you, Atria Books, for my gifted copy of A Man Called Ove/Otto. {partner}

Genre: Fiction
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 8.27.2012
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


“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.”


“And time is a curious thing. Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years. One of the most painful moments in a person’s life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead. And when time no longer lies ahead of one, other things have to be lived for. Memories, perhaps.”

Hi, it’s me late to the game on yet another Fredrik Backman book 👋🏼

There’s something so wonderful about a book that makes you remember just why you love someone – quirks and all and that’s what Ove made me do. There were numerous times while reading A Man Called Ove that I had this feeling of unconditional love in my heart.

For the serious nature of this book, it didn’t feel like it weighed me down. It uplifted me as it encompassed one of my favorite tropes – Found Family. Don’t get me wrong, I cried several times, but the overwhelming feeling Ove left me with was comfort.

It’s rare to find a book like this, and I’m so glad I finally read A Man Called Ove. Now, I can’t wait for the movie with Tom Hanks because I can think of no better actor to play Ove/Otto ❤️

Format: 337 pages, paperback
Published: August 2012
ISBN 9781476738017 (ISBN10: 1476738017)

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