A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 965 Ratings


Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!

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.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s 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).


  • A Man Called Ove

    By granalin
    Shows how simple caring and not just assuming that a person is what they seem outwardly can bring a joy and new life for all being touched- there is always a back story behind how a person is.
  • A Man Named Ove

    By Grenna3
    This book was easy to read, I loved Ove’s personality.
  • A Man Called Ove

    By J22TK3
    This book kept me guessing. In part because of events I didn’t see coming. In part , due to difficulty adjusting to the writing style. There were some parts I wish I could delete all together; but mostly, it was a slow build leading to a satisfying gift at the end. Well worth the journey!
  • I’ve

    By Mayberry, SM
    Wonderful book, laughed throughout, have known more than one man who sounds like Ove.
  • A man called ove

    By Aunt meanie
    Loved this
  • Better

    By ET1028
    Not at all what I expected. Much better!
  • A man called Ove

    By pollywog01
    Lovely story of compassion, forgiveness, and patience. A lesson for every person to look beyond judgement and display empathy.
  • Excellent

    By Super Mario Man
    This book really drew me in. I've been doing a book club for over a year and this is the first one that I finished. The story is so pure and real. Everyone either knows a character like Ove or can relate to him.
  • Ova

    By PRWhirlwind
    Reading this book was a dichotomy of emotions, sadness, joy, fear, laughter. We all know someone like Ova, and we may even become Ova. One of those books which makes you sad when you are nearing the end, because it will run out of pages...
  • Grumpier old man

    By LGin NC
    Different style of writing. Found I could read in brief spurts a still enjoy the book.