Now a major motion picture A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks!
#1 New York Times bestseller—more than 3 million copies sold!
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.
Fredrik Backman’s beloved first novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
I tried not to like it…
This book was like reading the thoughts of an uptight codger with ADHD. See what I did there? That’s how the entire book is written. In similes. And just like everyone in the book, I still loved Ove.
Loved the grumpy old man
Loved it. I was so sad for him because of everything he went through so early on. Was so happy when he found love from his wife & then from everyone else. I cried several times.
I’m married to an Otto type so got a lot of joy out of this book. Loved JJ Simmons reading. Saw the movie after listening to this and loved that too.