Britt-marie Was Here

Britt-marie Was Here

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The number 1 European bestseller by the author of New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon A Man Called Ove , Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781473617209
Branch Call Number: FIC Backm
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-- Translator
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.


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Oct 27, 2017

A very light read, but kind of fun at the same time, and I liked that the ending wasn't tied up in a complete little good-news knot at the end. It's a good one to read if you're out of really interesting stuff and need something to while away a few hours.

Sep 28, 2017

A heart warming story. Britt-Marie's marriage is over & she finds a job & a new place to live in a small town that is in the process of dying. In this town she meets all sorts of quirky, endearing people, she gets involved with a soccer competition & starts learning about what she wants for herself.
Fredrik Backman has a funny, warm style of writing that keeps me invested all the way.

Sep 09, 2017

Not as engaging as a Man Called Ove, but am glad that I persisted through the disjointed and somewhat lagging first third.

Aug 03, 2017

Read my grandmother sends her regards and her apologies, since Britt-Marie is introduced there first. I liked this book, yes, it's not as strong as A Man Called Ove, but it is funny and quirky nevertheless.

Jul 20, 2017

Hated this book to start with Britt-Marie's self-awareness increases, it becomes more and more compelling. Ultimately many themes evolved, and it lead to a great book club discussion.

Jun 11, 2017

I decided to read this after loving A Man Called Ove. It didn’t top the previous novel, but I thought it was a heartfelt and fun read.

Jan 08, 2017

Charming-though a bit on the tweet side. Entertaining and fun novel about a lady of certain age and her voyage of self discovery.

Jan 07, 2017

I LOVE Mr. Backman's quirky, subtle sense of humor. It throws me into hysterical laughter...getting funnier as I think of what he's just said! This is a very heartwarming story which MUST be sequentially read after his last novel, "My Grandmother Asks.....". I highly recommend it...

Jan 05, 2017

Britt-Marie is a special person indeed, and the town of Borg will never be the same again. I just adored her character; because she is so inflexible, the entire town has to make more of an effort and comes out better off in the end. Britt-Marie also gains in that she discovers her value and makes some friends.

Jan 02, 2017

I decided to read Britt-Marie Was Here as I patiently wait for A Man Called Ove to become available at the library. I had a good feeling about this book even before I actually started reading it; and it looks like my sentiments were right. It's a feel good novel that's worth reading at home on a day off from work. I liked all of the characters, especially Britt-Marie whose social awkwardness made me chuckle a few times.

This novel makes me want to read Fredrik Backman's previous book, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, which I'm pretty sure has a shorter waitlist at the library than A Man Called Ove.

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Apr 13, 2017

“One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it’s happened.”

Apr 13, 2017

“At a certain age almost all the questions a person asks him or herself are really just about one thing: how should you live your life?”

Jun 01, 2016

"Sometimes it's easier to go on living, not even knowing who you are, when at least you know precisely where you are while you go on not knowing."


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SPL_Robyn Nov 02, 2016

Have you ever wondered how much influence the mere presence of a person can have in a town? Or if a solitary, eccentricity-ridden woman of a certain age could ever change her story more than half-way through her life?
These are not questions Britt-Marie has ever asked herself, and she certainly would never describe herself as eccentric in any way – what would people think? She is preoccupied by how others might perceive her, yes. She has total faith in baking soda and Faxin to clean just about anything, and is a compulsive list-maker, yes. And cutlery drawers must be arranged in precisely the correct way, yes.
She also had complete trust in and reliance on her husband Kent for forty years. Now that she is alone, Britt-Marie has one quest: to make sure she does not die forgotten. And although her life story – of her mother, her sister, her husband and step-children – is revealed as slowly as air escaping a leaking tire, it is when Britt-Marie finds herself in a dying town called Borg that she really begins to live. It may seem like a meager life, being a caretaker in an old recreation centre, but the reticent residents of Borg and taciturn Britt-Marie are kindred spirits in an odd way, and where kinship blooms, so does hope. Oh, and football, too.
Backman uses football (soccer) as a metaphor for optimism the way Leafs fans would use hockey. But it is his depiction of Britt-Marie that is most admirable, and his readers are gently pulled from irritation with his unlikely heroine into a warm understanding of this woman who has no real understanding of herself. Britt-Marie lives inside her own head with her own peculiar motivations driving her, but Backman almost surreptitiously reveals how the town begins to open up to her, and how – most astonishing to her – Britt-Marie finds herself reciprocating their support.
For fans of Scandinavian literature akin to Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, or for fans of soccer, Fredrik Backman does not disappoint. Both quirky and tender and - Britt-Marie gets her wish – not easily forgotten.

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