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Default 'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman (Sa16+) [SPOILERS]


Welcome to The Book Seekers' Book of the Moment for January and February 2021! If you don't know what Book of the Moment is, there's more information here but, in a nutshell, it is a bi-monthly event during which we all read the same book and discuss it here. The first month is focused on reading the book, the second is focused on discussing it. This discussion will be active until February 28th.


Our current Book of the Moment is... A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman!


Age Rating | Sa16+
Genre | Contemporary
Summary from Goodreads | A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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.
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Death (natural causes) and mention of attempted suicide.
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Hufflepuff. The loyalty he has to the ones around him and just his pure heart even if you have to move a few onion layers to find it shout Hufflepuff. I agree with everything Ariana said about him too. The Tom stealing part was a big clue that he was surely a puff.

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omg okay so I just finished my re-read today and I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS (again)

SPOILER!!: i don't know when to put things under spoiler tags and when not to
I don't know if I mentioned this before but when I first read the book I didn't realize there would be an Iranian neighbor and it filled my heart up SO MUCH especially all the mentions of saffron rice and offering food and not taking no for an answer. The little details were so accurate ;__; there's hardly ever Iranian representation in media and usually middle eastern characters are type cast to be villian types, so this just made me real emo. And she reminded me of my mom lol.

BUT ALSO 'Parvaneh' means butterfly and isn't that so fitting for her??? and 'Nazanin' means (this isn't the best translation, but it's hard to equate an english word to it so yolo) sweetheart ;___;

ANYWAY

I think one of the parts of this book that makes me the MOST emo is Ove's relationship with Parvaneh's kids. That they refer to him as grandad ;__; or this part “You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color.” ;___; MAKES ME FEEL SOME TYPE OF WAY. The full circle moment with the ipad ;_______;

@Roro @ali CAT ANNOYANCE what a guy
one of my favorite things the author did was give the cat a personality and describe the "conversations" that the cat had with Ove as if Cat Annoyance was a real person. Those bits always made me laugh out loud.

I guess that's all I'll say for now lol
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*stumbles in here* SO SORRY FOR THE WAIT.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this book! I know I did.

My first questions are these... Did you have any expectations going into reading this book? Did it live it up to them or were you disappointed? Or maybe it even surpassed your expectations!

And what was your absolute FAVOURITE thing (aspect, element, character, whatever you feel answers this question for you) about A Man Called Ove?

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Yay! I hope you enjoy it, Brigette! Don't hesitate to jump into the discussion when you've finished reading.
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I finally finished this book

SPOILER!!: do we still need to put this on spoiler tab? I think I will


I was a little bit struggled reading this book due the timeline (the book started with him at the iStore then jumped into three weeks earlier and then to his younger days) and then I found out in the end that he's buying the iPad for Parvaneh's eldest daughter ;_____;

and since this book is translated from Swedish to English, I'm kind of confused with some terms (like how he mentioned Mirsad was bent and I was like "huh?" And then just realized what he meant lol.)

And Jimmy and Mirsad, I did not see that coming but awwwww....

and the fact how he favors Swedish cars more than every others just I don't know about Saab, but I do know that Volvo is known for its sturdiness, like if there's an MVC between Japanese car vs Volvo, the Japanese one with smashed badly while the Volvo will barely got the impact, at least that's how I heard.

And I do agree with Ali and Ro, Ove is such a grumpy hufflepuff.

@ Nat: I don't really have any expectation about this book but so far I enjoyed it and my favorite part is the dynamic between Ove and Parvaneh, of course.
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This isn't my normal cup of tea when it comes to reading, so I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and it made me cry a lot, and I always appreciate a book that can do both, and do it well.

I think Parvaneh and Cat Annoyance were my favorite characters. And I agree, Ariana, Parvaneh's name fits her so well. She's so lovely! And that meaning for Nazanin is so cute and so fitting too

Re: Ove's Hogwarts house, I agree 100% that he's a Hufflepuff. And I think it's pretty cool that he's not what is normally thought of as a "typical" Hufflepuff.

And re: Cat Annoyance, I haven't read any other reviews, but I also really liked the cat. I think there are a couple things I would consider a little bit "unrealistic," but that's not really limited only to the cat character, and it's so minor that I think it's nitpicky and not legitimate criticism. The way this book was written, to me, gives it a kind of...I want to say "cartoony," but that's not quite right. Whimsical? Idk. It has a vibe where the majority of the story does feel realistic, but it's also a little bit exaggerated in some ways. And that's not a bad thing because it's what makes it so charming and endearing to me.

All of that to say, I felt like Cat Annoyance behaving the way he did made sense for his character and for the story (and as a cat lover, I enjoy having a good cat character in a story lol). He represents Sonja and her presence and love still being with Ove. All of the characters do in their own ways (except for Anders' annoying girlfriend and her annoying dog I guess lol). And I think that's what I ultimately liked best about the book. How everyone came together and, unintentionally, helped Ove find the will to live again and showed him that there was still beauty and love and family to be found.
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Ulfa, great review, and ngl, 97% of what I know of Saab comes from Top Gear and the other 3% comes from guys I used to work with. Haha.

Brigggggg I love your review too especially the bit about

SPOILER!!: ahem
I honestly hadn't even thought of how much of the book is symbolic of Sonja and his love for Sonja omg you're gonna make me cry.

And and and how cool would it be if I could teach this book and then take my students on a field trip to Ikea and then we walk around and talk about Swedish culture and what products would you need for a loved one who needs a wheelchair and kjahshaha omg i swear you just sparked the best idea in me and I'm BRINGING IT UP AT MY NEXT DEPARTMENT MEETING. I simply MUST teach this book.


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My first questions are these... Did you have any expectations going into reading this book? Did it live it up to them or were you disappointed? Or maybe it even surpassed your expectations!

And what was your absolute FAVOURITE thing (aspect, element, character, whatever you feel answers this question for you) about A Man Called Ove?
I can't remember from my first time around, but picking up the book for a second time, I was a little nervous! I remember loving it so much when I first read it that my expectations were set so high for this second time but reading it again ended up being such a different experience for me! I remember the first time around, the book made me SO emotional, while the second time around I wasn't as emo but I was definitely laughing so much harder. Both were great experiences though and I think just goes to show that a book can mean something different to you dependent on your life circumstances at the time you pick it up.

I already touched on favorites before, but Ove & Parvaneh interactions (SAME AS ULFA!!!) were among some of my favorite moments in the whole book. There was just so much range and so much shared growth between the two characters. It filled me up with so much warmth

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This isn't my normal cup of tea when it comes to reading, so I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and it made me cry a lot, and I always appreciate a book that can do both, and do it well.

I think Parvaneh and Cat Annoyance were my favorite characters. And I agree, Ariana, Parvaneh's name fits her so well. She's so lovely! And that meaning for Nazanin is so cute and so fitting too

Re: Ove's Hogwarts house, I agree 100% that he's a Hufflepuff. And I think it's pretty cool that he's not what is normally thought of as a "typical" Hufflepuff.

And re: Cat Annoyance, I haven't read any other reviews, but I also really liked the cat. I think there are a couple things I would consider a little bit "unrealistic," but that's not really limited only to the cat character, and it's so minor that I think it's nitpicky and not legitimate criticism. The way this book was written, to me, gives it a kind of...I want to say "cartoony," but that's not quite right. Whimsical? Idk. It has a vibe where the majority of the story does feel realistic, but it's also a little bit exaggerated in some ways. And that's not a bad thing because it's what makes it so charming and endearing to me.

All of that to say, I felt like Cat Annoyance behaving the way he did made sense for his character and for the story (and as a cat lover, I enjoy having a good cat character in a story lol). He represents Sonja and her presence and love still being with Ove. All of the characters do in their own ways (except for Anders' annoying girlfriend and her annoying dog I guess lol). And I think that's what I ultimately liked best about the book. How everyone came together and, unintentionally, helped Ove find the will to live again and showed him that there was still beauty and love and family to be found.
I love describing it as giving a cartoony feel! That's how I felt with the descriptions of Cat Annoyance too. It added such a unique feel to the book overall

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the way the little neighborhood rallied together at the end ;__; and found family ;__; Even though Ove proclaimed to hate all the people around him from the start, maybe he was just lonely. Ugh. UGH. UGHHHH. my heart.

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Ulfa, great review, and ngl, 97% of what I know of Saab comes from Top Gear and the other 3% comes from guys I used to work with. Haha.

Brigggggg I love your review too especially the bit about

SPOILER!!: ahem
I honestly hadn't even thought of how much of the book is symbolic of Sonja and his love for Sonja omg you're gonna make me cry.

And and and how cool would it be if I could teach this book and then take my students on a field trip to Ikea and then we walk around and talk about Swedish culture and what products would you need for a loved one who needs a wheelchair and kjahshaha omg i swear you just sparked the best idea in me and I'm BRINGING IT UP AT MY NEXT DEPARTMENT MEETING. I simply MUST teach this book.


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But but but I'd love if you'd click on ours and reply to them though! I know they're not necessary but they're also so nice for future readers who may come across this forum and want to join in on the discussion but are like late to the game. Such is the nature of time and the internet, you know? It's kind of a wrinkle in time! Anything is possible!!!!
I HOPE YOUR DEPARTMENT LETS YOU DO IT omg going on a field trip to Ikea sounds like such a good way to round out a book study!!!!

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I actually JUST finished Anxious People and it is one of my new favorite books of all time! It's a whole different vibe, but I was laughing just about the whole way through!

I highly recommend that one for sure! I also just got my hands on another one of his books, My Grandma Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry !! I haven't read it yet, but I fell in love with his writing style after reading the other two, so I'm really looking forward to this one as well.
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Note: Although our discussion thread for our March/April Book of the Moment, which is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, is up, you're all welcome to continue discussing A Man Called Ove. I'll be around.

I completely agree with everyone that Ove would be a Hufflepuff. He values hard work, fairness, loyalty, and pretty much every Hufflepuff trait you could think of SO much. I love that he isn’t what your stereotypical ‘Puff looks like either.

I need to know… Do you have any favourite quotes from A Man Called Ove?


Aaaaaand here are some of my thoughts on your thoughts.
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I loved, loved, loved this book. It was not something I would have just picked up on my own so I am so glad I got the chance to read it. This book really reminds me of my neighbors growing up. On both sides of me I had two elderly women. One had children and grandchildren, but my dad did so much for her and we were always helping her. The other neighbor had one son who moved far away years ago. So we were her family, she was like another grandma to me. This book really hit those feelings.

SPOILER!!: oh the chapters

Where to begin....

When I first started reading this book, I was laughing and thought man how did they get a full book from a grouch. I wasn't sure how well I was going to like it, but then the gleam of his goodness that caught my attention. I love the jumping back and forth and I cried so many times with his younger stories. Losing both parents by the age of 16 and then filling his dad's shoes working. Just so much was placed in there to know what type of person Ove was.

When finding out that the wife had passed so incredibly sad, but the length the author took to explain all the pieces kept me reading and wanting to know. I do agree some was predictable, but it is done in such a heart warming way that I did not mind at all.

When he was attempting to end his life I started seeing the interactions of the neighbors and started just getting so excited knowing the change in his needing something to live for was happening. The cat was one of my favorite parts, I saw someone in a review get so mad about the cat and said it wasn't realistic, but I loved it because it was like a sign from his wife every time and I love that sort of stuff.

The way he was with the teenage boys was one of my favorite parts. So many people classify certain age groups into one way of thinking and this book really to me showed that even if he doesn't have the most up to date language of talking he still didn't shun either of them for who they were, but how they acted as a person. He took them in and taught them without judgement of their likes or dislikes (thought the cars was so funny).

When he went after the ones breaking into the shed I got so emotional, because I was like this is how it will end after his life got so much better and he got the family his wife always wanted.

I listened to the book, so I think I might have missed it, but did they ever say the name of the little boy? I went back twice and still think I missed it with distractions.

The end and his will had me crying again. It was sweet and just showed how much growth truly happened in this book.
I’m so glad you loved it, especially considering it wasn’t something you would normally have picked up! That’s definitely one of the wonderful things about book clubs - being exposed to wonderful literature you might not otherwise have read.

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I felt the same way at the beginning; I really wasn’t sure how they were going to create a complex and interesting story from, as you put it, a grouch. But they did, and so well too! I also enjoyed the way the book went between the past and present. It really gave us necessary insights into Ove as and when we needed them, but didn’t overwhelm us with information and backstory.

I loved Ove’s reluctant fondness towards his neighbours, the teenagers, the cat, etc.

“he got the family his wife always wanted” ;__________;


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I just want to announce that I ruined my entire sleep schedule for this week in a desperate attempt to finish this book late Saturday night/into Sunday morning because it was expiring from my e-reading account at 10:38 am and I knew I'd need like four hours to read it, so. ;______________; I did finish it at the start of this week and am just now getting around to delivering my thots.

I really liked it.

SPOILER!!: My Goodreads Review
I feel like the Grinch at the end of his movie, as my heart grew three sizes over the course of a Man Called Ove.

This is a tremendously moving novel with wonderfully sardonic narration. Although many of the “twists” and dramatic “reveals” were predictable to me, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who still didn't connect with this ode to the strangest suburban superhero ever encountered. Ove is truly a curmudgeon in all ways and even though I can relate to that SO much, I suppose ultimately I’ve proven myself a softie as I poured out (at least) one (1) tear for Granddad in the end.

I love this book and I want everyone to read it. It’s hard to believe that I already read my favorite book of 2021 but here I am at half-past seven in the morning, brushing the snow off myself as I head out to do an inspection, kick a few tires in my neighborhood, maybe tighten some screws, and putter around my shed.


Also, Ali, I agree that that nasty review about the cat is just wrong. Probably written for attention. I mean, tag urself, I'm Cat Annoyance. If I ever own another cat, I'm naming it that.

also ALSO, I already asked my department chair if I could teach it, as it counts for European Lit and that's one of my jams.
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HAHAHAHAH. Oh my. Probably. It probably would have. Or he would’ve grumbled about it for the rest of his days and refused to buy another car ever again.


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This isn't my normal cup of tea when it comes to reading, so I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and it made me cry a lot, and I always appreciate a book that can do both, and do it well.

I think Parvaneh and Cat Annoyance were my favorite characters. And I agree, Ariana, Parvaneh's name fits her so well. She's so lovely! And that meaning for Nazanin is so cute and so fitting too

Re: Ove's Hogwarts house, I agree 100% that he's a Hufflepuff. And I think it's pretty cool that he's not what is normally thought of as a "typical" Hufflepuff.

And re: Cat Annoyance, I haven't read any other reviews, but I also really liked the cat. I think there are a couple things I would consider a little bit "unrealistic," but that's not really limited only to the cat character, and it's so minor that I think it's nitpicky and not legitimate criticism. The way this book was written, to me, gives it a kind of...I want to say "cartoony," but that's not quite right. Whimsical? Idk. It has a vibe where the majority of the story does feel realistic, but it's also a little bit exaggerated in some ways. And that's not a bad thing because it's what makes it so charming and endearing to me.

All of that to say, I felt like Cat Annoyance behaving the way he did made sense for his character and for the story (and as a cat lover, I enjoy having a good cat character in a story lol). He represents Sonja and her presence and love still being with Ove. All of the characters do in their own ways (except for Anders' annoying girlfriend and her annoying dog I guess lol). And I think that's what I ultimately liked best about the book. How everyone came together and, unintentionally, helped Ove find the will to live again and showed him that there was still beauty and love and family to be found.
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“I always appreciate a book that can do both, and do it well” 10000% agree. I laughed and cried while I was reading this book, and that doesn’t happen often.

“He represents Sonja and her presence and love still being with Ove.” BRB CRYING


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I finally finished this book

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I was a little bit struggled reading this book due the timeline (the book started with him at the iStore then jumped into three weeks earlier and then to his younger days) and then I found out in the end that he's buying the iPad for Parvaneh's eldest daughter ;_____;

and since this book is translated from Swedish to English, I'm kind of confused with some terms (like how he mentioned Mirsad was bent and I was like "huh?" And then just realized what he meant lol.)

And Jimmy and Mirsad, I did not see that coming but awwwww....

and the fact how he favors Swedish cars more than every others just I don't know about Saab, but I do know that Volvo is known for its sturdiness, like if there's an MVC between Japanese car vs Volvo, the Japanese one with smashed badly while the Volvo will barely got the impact, at least that's how I heard.

And I do agree with Ali and Ro, Ove is such a grumpy hufflepuff.

@ Nat: I don't really have any expectation about this book but so far I enjoyed it and my favorite part is the dynamic between Ove and Parvaneh, of course.
I think that (and his dynamic with her children) was my favourite part, too!
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anyone here has read (or interested to) other works from Backman? I'm interested in Anxious People and maybe Beartown since HBO is adapting it to a series if I recalled correctly.
I haven’t looked too much into his other works but I have heard of Anxious People, and I was tempted to give that one a go at some point. And I think I probably will know that I know Ariana enjoyed that one too!


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omg okay so I just finished my re-read today and I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS (again)

SPOILER!!: i don't know when to put things under spoiler tags and when not to
I don't know if I mentioned this before but when I first read the book I didn't realize there would be an Iranian neighbor and it filled my heart up SO MUCH especially all the mentions of saffron rice and offering food and not taking no for an answer. The little details were so accurate ;__; there's hardly ever Iranian representation in media and usually middle eastern characters are type cast to be villian types, so this just made me real emo. And she reminded me of my mom lol.

BUT ALSO 'Parvaneh' means butterfly and isn't that so fitting for her??? and 'Nazanin' means (this isn't the best translation, but it's hard to equate an english word to it so yolo) sweetheart ;___;

ANYWAY

I think one of the parts of this book that makes me the MOST emo is Ove's relationship with Parvaneh's kids. That they refer to him as grandad ;__; or this part “You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color.” ;___; MAKES ME FEEL SOME TYPE OF WAY. The full circle moment with the ipad ;_______;

@Roro @ali CAT ANNOYANCE what a guy
one of my favorite things the author did was give the cat a personality and describe the "conversations" that the cat had with Ove as if Cat Annoyance was a real person. Those bits always made me laugh out loud.

I guess that's all I'll say for now lol
YOUR THOUGHTS MADE ME EMO!!!!!!!! (surprise, surprise)

The translations of Parvaneh’s and Nazanin’s name are so fitting and lovely!
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I can't remember from my first time around, but picking up the book for a second time, I was a little nervous! I remember loving it so much when I first read it that my expectations were set so high for this second time but reading it again ended up being such a different experience for me! I remember the first time around, the book made me SO emotional, while the second time around I wasn't as emo but I was definitely laughing so much harder. Both were great experiences though and I think just goes to show that a book can mean something different to you dependent on your life circumstances at the time you pick it up.

I already touched on favorites before, but Ove & Parvaneh interactions (SAME AS ULFA!!!) were among some of my favorite moments in the whole book. There was just so much range and so much shared growth between the two characters. It filled me up with so much warmth
That makes sense! Going into something with SUPER HIGH expectations can make it pale in comparison to your memory, even if it's still great. I'm so glad you had good experiences reading it both times around, though! This really is a book that can make you laugh AND cry and it's how your life experiences and where you are in life can affect which you're more likely to feel. Is there anything in particular you felt differently about after reading it a second time?

UGH. YES. The shared growth between Ove and Parvaneh was so wonderful!
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This book was simply amazing. Absolutely love his style of writing. It filled me with so much warmth!
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So glad you enjoyed it! It really is a heart-warming book, isn't it?

Have you read or are you planning to read any of Fredrik Backman's other books?
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I read it when I was going through a rough patch in RL and it was such a wonderful pick-me-up!

I have read 'Anxious People' too! I actually loved it more than I loved 'A Man Called Ove'. It is soooo beautiful. And it's like comfort food. Alllll my heart!!!!
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I read it when I was going through a rough patch in RL and it was such a wonderful pick-me-up!

I have read 'Anxious People' too! I actually loved it more than I loved 'A Man Called Ove'. It is soooo beautiful. And it's like comfort food. Alllll my heart!!!!
I'm going to have to second this !!! I loved Anxious People even more than A Man Called Ove - the vibe was totally different, but it's suuuuuuuch a good read !!!!!

I also recently read My Grandma Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Backman and it definitely didn't measure up to the other two (in my opinion), but I still found his writing style to be super enjoyable and ended up liking it by the end the heartwarming vibe has been present in all of his books that I've read so far!
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I read it when I was going through a rough patch in RL and it was such a wonderful pick-me-up!

I have read 'Anxious People' too! I actually loved it more than I loved 'A Man Called Ove'. It is soooo beautiful. And it's like comfort food. Alllll my heart!!!!
I'm SO glad it was able to do that for you.

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I'm going to have to second this !!! I loved Anxious People even more than A Man Called Ove - the vibe was totally different, but it's suuuuuuuch a good read !!!!!

I also recently read My Grandma Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Backman and it definitely didn't measure up to the other two (in my opinion), but I still found his writing style to be super enjoyable and ended up liking it by the end the heartwarming vibe has been present in all of his books that I've read so far!
I'm definitely going to have to check that Anxious People is on my TBR after hearing what you two and so many others have said about it! Heart-warming comfort food sounds like my kind of book.
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I'm definitely going to have to check that Anxious People is on my TBR after hearing what you two and so many others have said about it! Heart-warming comfort food sounds like my kind of book.
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