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Rainier Chapter Reading Group

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Host: Barbara Carter Radin ’75
(206) 523-2484

We'll welcome the summer with a novel the BBC Radio 2 Book Club calls "heartwarming, funny, moving and uplifting . . . .

"There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbors who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'état that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

"But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible."

The film adaptation of "A Man Called Ove" was nominated this year for the best-foreign-language-film Oscar.


Anyone who has read the month’s selection is welcome, as are new participants; no long-term commitment required. Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Home of Barbara Carter Radin ’75 Please RSVP for address:

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