Tales & Talk Morning Group: A Man Called Ove

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Johnson City Public Library
Board Room

Event Details

Tales & Talk is a book discussion group sponsored by the Johnson City Public Library. Membership is open to all adults who can commit to attending regular discussion meetings. The group meets 6 times a year on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of September, October, November, March, April and May. One of the groups meets in the morning and the other in the evening. Both groups will read the same book. The books to be discussed will be available to group members to borrow or to purchase. For more information call (423)434-4454, send an e-mail to phoneroom or inquire at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Summary of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:

*Starred Review* At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don't even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he's gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove's suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small. Though Ove's dark mission mitigates any treacly upstaging by animals and small children, readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year, this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2014 Booklist
Event Type(s): Book Talk
Age Group(s): Adults