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ISBN13: 9780143115991
ISBN10: 0143115995
Condition: Standard
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The bestselling "offbeat, down-to- earth love story"(The Observer, London)- now available in the United States

An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? The answer lies in the story of Shrimp, a young widowed librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order; Benny, a gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village's Old Bachelor; and an unlikely love that should not be as complicated as it seems. Reminiscent of the works of Carol Shields, this quirky, humorous, beautifully told novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.

Review:

"Mazetti's debut, a bestseller in her native Sweden, centers on two lonely, 30-something singles living in rural Sweden as they attempt to overcome the inner obstacles keeping them apart. The dialogue-heavy story is told in breezy, alternating first-person accounts that paint a vivid portrait of life in northern Sweden. Desiree, better known as Shrimp, is a quiet librarian with an intellectual streak dealing with the recent death of her husband. Benny is a dairy farmer too busy tending the family farmland to realize his loneliness. The two have a serendipitous first encounter at the graveyard and find an instant, irresistible connection between them. Early chapters are charged with their passionate, intense affair, but the story fizzles as the two loners clash over their stubborn idiosyncrasies. Though the writing is charming and at times poetic, the plot becomes tedious and the characters predictable. Short though slow, the novel should hold appeal for fans of quirky women's fiction and Swedish novels like Astrid and Veronika." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? This quirky, humorous novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.

About the Author

KATARINA MAZETTI was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007 and has worked as a journalist, teacher, and author of books for readers of all ages. For twenty years she lived on a small farm in northern Sweden, an experience that became the basis for Benny and Shrimp, her first adult novel, which was adapted into an award-winning film in Sweden (winning the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars).

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Melinda Ott, June 20, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Honestly, I wasn't even going to bother to review this one because, well, I'm still not entirely sure what I thought of it. It is a very quirky (at least by American standards) book, which is a good thing. I mean, it is definitely unlike other books out there.

I will say, first off, that the "official" summary is misleading. Based on that, I was going in to this book thinking I would be reading about people far older than the characters actually were. Perhaps it is just me, but I do not consider early- to mid-thirties to be middle aged.

Okay, that being said, I will say that there are a lot of positive things about this book. It is a lighter read, if that is something you are looking for. It is also quite well-written and/or translated from Swedish. There are a lot of little phrases that are interesting--they are probably quite common in Sweden, but were unfamiliar to me. However, I thought that just added to the feel of the book.

Benny and Desiree/Shrimp are both very realistic characters--which means that they aren't always likable and, frankly, there were several times when I wanted to knock some sense into one or both of them. I don't feel I can really fault Mazetti for that--after all, that is what a good writer strives to do.

Yes, the book was incredibly quirky--in fact, it might be too quirky for some readers. Ultimately, though, I enjoyed the experience of reading this book, even if it left me scratching my head sometimes.
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Gracie, February 20, 2011 (view all comments by Gracie)
Opposites attract. But what then? Benny and Shrimp (whose name is actually Desirée) couldn't be more different. He's a farmer. She's a librarian in the city. His house is decorated with cross-stitch. Her apartment isn't so much decorated as it is stark white walls. He likes tractor pulls. She likes operas. But they love each other.

Their relationship has plenty of obstacles, but there's a quirky and sweet quality to them, and you root for them in spite of everything. Katarina Mazetti's writing has an offbeat charm to it as she alternates chapters from Benny's and Shrimp's perspectives. Honest, occasionally blunt, often funny, and delightfully real, she's created a story that I already want to read again and I hope she writes another novel soon!
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EmilysTeaCup, October 7, 2010 (view all comments by EmilysTeaCup)
Serious, but strangely romantic this book is about the compromises you make, and don't, in relationships. It really makes you think about what attraction is and what, if anything, should we be willing to give up for it? And is not giving in better than being alone? Read to find out...sort of. The sequel hasn't been released in the usa yet.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143115991
Author:
Mazetti, Katarina
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Death, Sarah
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.80x5.10x.60 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 224 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143115991 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mazetti's debut, a bestseller in her native Sweden, centers on two lonely, 30-something singles living in rural Sweden as they attempt to overcome the inner obstacles keeping them apart. The dialogue-heavy story is told in breezy, alternating first-person accounts that paint a vivid portrait of life in northern Sweden. Desiree, better known as Shrimp, is a quiet librarian with an intellectual streak dealing with the recent death of her husband. Benny is a dairy farmer too busy tending the family farmland to realize his loneliness. The two have a serendipitous first encounter at the graveyard and find an instant, irresistible connection between them. Early chapters are charged with their passionate, intense affair, but the story fizzles as the two loners clash over their stubborn idiosyncrasies. Though the writing is charming and at times poetic, the plot becomes tedious and the characters predictable. Short though slow, the novel should hold appeal for fans of quirky women's fiction and Swedish novels like Astrid and Veronika." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? This quirky, humorous novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.
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