Originally a Swedish novel and movie, Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti (Penguin, July) centers on two quirky middle-aged characters who meet on a bench in a cemetery while visiting the graves of loved ones. Benny is the village bachelor, a man who spends every waking hour working on his dairy farm. Desiree, the woman he calls “Shrimp,” is a widowed librarian who loves the arts. They are poles apart in their lives and interests, but both of these lonely souls sense a definite physical attraction. She takes him to an avant-garde play; he takes her to a tractor pull. He wants someone who can help him around the farm and have his dinner on the table at the end of the day; she's looking for a cultured companion. The chapters alternate in both voices so the story is told from both points of view. With great fodder for book group discussions about relationships, there is a bittersweet quality as Benny and Shrimp come to a conclusion about having a life together.