Britt-Marie Was Here [electronic resource] : A Novel. Fredrik Backman.
- ISBN: 9781501142550 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
|Summary, etc.:|| The New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry "returns with this heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after a personal crisis...fans of Backman will find another winner in these pages" (Publishers Weekly).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.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 April #1
In Backman's (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, 2015) latest, ever the dutiful, long-suffering wife Britt-Marie leaves her boorish husband when she discovers his infidelity. At 63, with no job experience and little life experience to speak of, Britt-Marie is fortunate to land a dubious position as a caretaker at a nearly defunct recreation center in the nearly defunct Swedish village of Borg. The job entails cleaning, at which Britt-Marie excels, and serving as the den mother and coach to the town's ragtag team of footballers. Obsessive-compulsive, virtually humorless, and otherwise ill-prepared to lead a bunch of challenging teens, Britt-Marie nonetheless wins their love and respect and, along the way, figures out how to be a person in her own right. The theme of the awakening of an unappreciated, invisible woman has been done before, of course, but in Backman's scattershot community of losers and loners, Britt-Marie's metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly seems all the more remarkable for the utterly discouraging environment in which it takes place. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
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