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Edition:
First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Washington Square Press, 2015.
Description:
337 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
520 A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
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Notes:
Translation of: Man som heter Ove.
Translated from the Swedish.
ISBN:
9781476738024
1476738025
Copies in all libraries:
9
Current Holds:
6
# Copies in Goffstown:
1
# Copies in at Goffstown:
0
# Copies in at all libraries:
0
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this Swedish bestseller, Ove is a lovably miserable neighborhood curmudgeon—think a cross between Up's Carl Fredricksen and Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson—who spends his days inspecting his community and criticizing others, judging each by how closely he follows rules and his choice of automobile (Ove cannot reason with BMW drivers). After his handicapped wife dies and he is forced to retire from his job, Ove decides he's ready to leave the world behind. But every time he tries to off himself, he's interrupted—first by his new neighbor, the pregnant Parvaneh; then by Parvaneh's clumsy husband, Patrick; Anita, the wife of Ove's former best friend; Jimmy, Ove's overweight neighbor; Adrian, the neighborhood mailman; and finally a mangy feline Ove calls "Cat Annoyance." Ove continuously pushes his demise from one day to the next, and, as time passes, these characters slowly weave themselves into his life, offering Ove a chance at rebirth. The debut novel from journalist Backman is a fuzzy crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love. Though Ove's antics occasionally feel repetitive, the author writes with winning charm. (July)

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