- Author Fredrik Backman
At first, I thought this was just going to be another book about a taciturn Scandinavian man - an older gentleman, grumpy at the world but with a strong moral fibre and deep down a good heart. It was that, of course, but it was so much more. The way the story is structured, gradually filling in the back story of Ove’s life, whilst also gradually giving him reasons to keep going in the future, was perfect.
And somehow, by the time the end came around, I was totally invested and actually quite tearful at the joy he had found, and how much other people cared about him. I really loved this and recommend it, a top read that makes you feel like life isn’t all bad - even if you’re grumpy about most of the things in it.