Join MPL staff for a book discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
About the Book
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.
1. Some people said the book started slowly but after they read further, they really liked it. Did the book grab you at the start?
2. Who was your favorite character in the book?
3. Why did Ove’s wife find him loveable?
4. Could Ove be counted on as a friend?
5. Ove seemed inflexible throughout the book. Did he change at all?
6. Why do you think Ove was so inflexible?
7. Ove was absolutely sure about what was right and what was wrong. Was this a strength or a weakness?
8. Did you start to like Ove at any point in the book?
9. Are there any other book characters that Ove reminds you of?
10. Were there any characters in the book more dislikeable than Ove?
11. Ove acted heroically in the book. What were some of his heroic actions?
12. Were we seeing Ove at his best or his worst after his wife died?
13. Who or what was most responsible for saving Ove?
14. How did you feel about the ending?
Event Type(s): Book Discussion
Age Group(s): Adults