Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
This novel, due out this week, is from Swedish author Mazetti about two middle aged people who meet on a park bench in a cemetery.
Told in alternating voiced, staccato paced chapters, this details the odd courtship and even odder relationship of Benny, a bachelor cow farmer who lives in a rambling farmhouse with his mum's crosstitch still on the walls. Shrimp is an uptight librarian with a "dentist's office" for a home and fully organized life. When these two collide, however, the sparks fly - the sexual tension and laughter just flows from them both.
But reality begins to set in as they struggle to find a future together, with neither willing to compromise their previously comfortable, mundane life.
This is a totally quirky, odd, charming little novel that I couldn't put down - the chapters keep you reading, and you root and root for these two "odd ducks" to get together. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, making me wonder if Mazetti is done telling the story of these two unique characters...
What a fun little novel! I loved it!