A sad-funny account of a lonely old man who wants to die, but can’t kill himself for one reason or another. Then, a pregnant immigrant woman and her family move in the neighborhood and give his life a meaning. It is a touching story for the most part and Ove’s loneliness is heart-breaking. The writing is witty, and humorous in parts. What I particularly enjoyed were Backman’s conjectures of what the cat might be thinking when it gives certain looks. Along the way, towards the second half of the book, the book gets a bit predictable, as Ove adds a bunch of characters to his team.