A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

Artist Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,010 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).


  • Not my usual genre

    By Imps70
    I connected immediately to Ove and enjoyed every page. I laughed....often. And I cried. Great book. Definitely read!
  • Ove

    By Groove48
    Possibly the best book I’ve ever read. Well actually I borrowed the audiobook I love to hear Mr. Backman’s words.
  • Must Read

    By LAB0402
    I fell in love with the characters. This book was beyond amazing. I will be reading it again before the year is done.
  • 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.