Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention.
But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
Funny and moving, sweet and inspiring, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the importance of community and connection in a world that can feel isolating.
I loved this book! I have heard of this author when getting book suggestions for his book called A Man Called Ove, I haven’t been able to listen to that one yet, but after this book, I really want to read the Ove book stat!!
I didn’t realize that this was a book based on a character one of one of Fredrik’s other books – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and yet again, I need to read that!
I really loved Britt- Marie and would love to meet her! I also know I love a book, when I can’t stop wondering what it would be like to know that person! and when I miss them when the book is over!
I loved how blunt Britt-Marie was, I have a tendency to be blunt, hopefully not this blunt:
She just tells it like it is:
“You have a very modern hairstyle.”
“What? Oh. Thanks,” she replies, her fingertips moving self-consciously towards her scalp.
“It’s very courageous of you to wear your hair so short when you have such a large forehead.”
Thankfully, I would have stopped at the last comment, I think!
I highly recommend getting your hands or ears on this book!
Have you read this book? I could see this being a good movie! Have you read any of Fredrik’s books?