A Man Called Ove
Curmudgeon Ove is a rigid, rule-follower who values order and never seems to enjoy life. He’s upset when his carefully manicured plan is thrown into chaos with the arrival of his new neighbors. But Ove isn’t all he appears to be; he’s lived through tragedy and, deep down, is a good, upstanding man who will change his entire neighborhood.
When I first started reading A Man Called Ove, I didn’t understand why critics raved about it. The title character seemed like an unhappy, bitter man who was doing society a favor by leading a solitary life. As his story unfolded, I realized he was sad and lonely and not who he initially appeared to be. This quirky novel is engaging and uplifting.