Thursday, July 23, 2009

Preview: Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

I have also been sent another interesting book. It is classified under general fiction but is romantic in nature. It was originally written is Swedish, and was made into a movie which has won the equivalent to the US Academy Awards in Sweden. Here is some additional information from the publisher on the book.
Benny & Shrimp - A Novel 51qXRD 2Z4L._SL160_
By Katarina Mazetti
Published by Penguin
July 2009; 978-0-14-311599-1
Two middle-aged misfits and a love that should not be as complicated as it seems.
It started in a cemetery, where they begrudgingly share a bench. "Shrimp," the childless young widow and librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order, meets Benny, the gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village's Old Bachelor. Both driven by an enormous longing and loudly ticking biological clocks, they can't escape the powerful attraction between them.
But how will she learn to accept that he falls asleep at the opera and has a house full of his mother's cross-stitch? And how could he ever feel at home in her minimalist apartment, bare as a dentist's waiting room?
An international sensation now available for the first time in the United States, this quirky, humorous, completely readable novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.


Author Bio:
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 & Shrimp, her first adult novel.

"An offbeat, down-to-earth love story . . . addictive . . . a novel that touches love's fundamentals."
--The Observer (London)
"A charming and funny Swedish love story, about two lonely people on the brink of middle age. Their obvious need for each other drives them into each other's arms, and their differences threaten to drive them apart . . . Their unconventional relationship is entirely believable."
--The Times (London)
Review coming soon. Links are US, Canada, and UK respectively.
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4 comments:

Diane said...

I'm reading this one right now; it's very good.

Shellie said...

Diane - I'll have to link your review here then when I write mine. :)

logankstewart said...

How do you get hooked up to receive free novels from publishers? That sounds like a sweet idea.

Shellie said...

Logan - Go sign up at J. Kayes book blog. She has a list of bloggers that she refers to publishers. She's on my followers list. She's great. Tell her I sent you.:)

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