Benny & Shrimp: A Novel

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Penguin, Jul 28, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
24 Reviews
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.
 

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User Review  - KR_Patterson - LibraryThing

I'm not sure I ever understood this relationship. It seemed to me that they ended up together more out of desperation than anything. They really seemed not to like each other and I kept thinking, why not just break it off? Read full review

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User Review  - celiafrances - LibraryThing

I'm kind of bummed that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to when I first read about it. It's rarely possible for people to change, yet Benny and Shrimp both expect massive change out of ... Read full review

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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, which was adapted into an award-winning film in Sweden (winning the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars).

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