A 21st Century Grinch

mancalledoveIf your favorite Christmas holiday classic is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, you might want to give international bestseller, The Man Who Called Ove, a try. Written by Swedish author, Fredrick Backman, the novel starts off with the curmudgeonly Ove. spreading his unique style of grouchiness throughout his small neighborhood.  Everyone in his vicinity tries to avoid Ove and his daily routines and Ove tries to avoid them as well.  It seems the only person he talks to is his dead wife until a new family moves next door.  Their introduction to Ove is courtesy of crashing into Ove’s mailbox and soon the needy family charms its way into Ove’s bitter heart and into his life.    Although the novel starts bit slow in the beginning, stay with it and you will be smiling at the end of this delightful novel.

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