Novel synopsis(via Net Galley):
In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
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.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria Books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
This novel reminded me vaguely of The Unlikely Pilgrammage of Harold Fry(One of my favorites from last year. In the beginning pages of the novel we meet Ove, a lonely curmudgeon of a man who lives his life wreaking havoc on those around him. I knew immediately that I would become very fond of Ove.
This novel is not like my "typical" reads, and surprised me with its simplistic wit and how fervently I came to love the characters, especially Ove. This novel will end up on my "Best reads of 2014" list, for sure!
Worth staying up all night to read?