I loved A Man Called Ove and thank goodness Fredrik Backman ignored the many rejections he received and continued trying to publish his book. It has now sold nearly 3 million copies worldwide. A good lesson for writers - don't take rejections seriously.
Fredrik Backman takes the reader through an emotional roller coaster with many laugh out loud moments and a few tears. I couldn't quite figure out the setting as it's written in English not American English, but when Ove talked about Kroner, I looked up the writer's bio and realized it was set in Sweden.
This was a book club choice and I'm so glad someone picked it for us to read.
From the cover:
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots . . . People think him bitter. But must a man be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered on his face all the time, doesn't always tell people what they want to hear, and remains silent when he has nothing in particular to say?