Benny & Shrimp
By Katarina Mazetti
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143115991, 224pp.)
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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).
"Benny & Shrimp is offbeat, charming and fun - and also seriously addictive. Katarina Mazetti understands that crazy little thing called love!"
-Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs and The Wildwater Walking Club
"A charming and funny love story, about two lonely people on the brink of middle age."
-The Times (London)