A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

man-called-oveThis book by a Swedish author has been on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks, and the film version is an Oscar nominee for best foreign film of the year.

Ove, a grumpy 59-year-old widower, keeps trying to commit suicide, but every time he thinks he has the perfect plan for meeting his adored wife in the afterlife, a neighbor needs help, and he postpones his death for another day.  Little by little, he becomes involved in the lives of the people around him, and it becomes clear that a doctor’s diagnosis – his heart is too big – can have more than a medical meaning!

The book includes humor, sadness, and many heartwarming moments.  I watched the film when I’d read about half of the novel, and I found both the book version and the movie version superb!

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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