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Friday Book Group: "A Man Called Ove"

Join Decorah Public Library’s Friday Book Group at 2 p.m. Friday Feb. 17 to discuss Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel “A Man Called Ove.” The Friday Book Group meets once a month and welcomes new participants.


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. 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.


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,” and “Britt-Marie Was Here,” as well as a novella, “And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer.” His books are published in more than 35 countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.


Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information.