A Man Called Ove is a powerfully evocative novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman and translated into English by Henning Koch. The novel follows protagonist Ove, a difficult curmudgeon, as he rediscovers his emotional life in the aftermath of his wife’s death. Ove’s repeated suicide attempts end in failure, leaving him able to rediscover the best and most compassionate parts of himself and to forge many endearing friendships within his community. A Man Called Ove explores the themes of loss, grief, friendship, and integrity.
NOTE: Citations in this lesson plan refer to the following version of this book: Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove. Atria Books, 2014. Kindle edition.