This has been on my TBR pile for a while, and after reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by the same author, I moved it up on the list. Although it didn't grab me as immediately as the other story did, I loved it.
I don't want to give away too much of Ove's story because I want you to read it for yourself. Don't be daunted if it is a little slow developing, trust me, it will. I laughed and cried. Ove reminded me so much of my Dad, in so many ways. I loved all the characters in the book except for the men in the white coats. The cat annoyance was my second favorite, after Ove.
I love how Backman tells the story, moving backwards and forwards through Ove's life, weaving layer upon layer like a well worn suit. In my opinion, Backman is one of the great story tellers of our time. I am currently reading another short book of his called And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, and the book I am most looking forward to reading in the new year is Britt Marie Was Here.
If you haven't read any of Fredrik Backman's books - stop procrastinating and do it now. He really is amazing. I gave this one five stars.