A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
3 words: heartwarming, sad, wryly humorous
Oh, good people. I’m pretty sure I know Ove IRL. And it’s sometimes tough to like a guy like that, but dang it, he wins you over.
This is the book everyone’s been reading, which kinda makes me not wanna read it.
But someone somewhere said something that changed my mind. I wish I could remember who, so I could thank her/him.
And yeah: the curmudgeonly codger with a heart of gold is kind of a tired trope. But there was enough gentle humor in this book to tame the sour and cut the sweet.
And the plot veered a little darker sometimes than I’d expected, which made the heartwarming parts easier to take.
Ove is that grouchy neighbor who hates the world, but eventually his neighbors — and a cat in need of some TLC — make him realize life’s worth living. But he’s not staying alive without a fight.
Give this book a whirl if you like… curmudgeons with a heart of gold, stories of neighbors and a sense of community, getting a new lease on life, and a blend of sorrow and humor
So, readers… who’s your favorite famous grouch?