Britt-Marie was Here is the best-selling novel by author Fredrik Backman. He also penned A Man Called Ove (another book I'd highly recommend!).
This my second novel by this author and he has now placed himself on a short list of authors that I must read everything they write (Louise Penny and Ruta Sepetys are also on this list). His writing style digs at the heart of the reader moving one from laughter to tears and back again, sometimes in a single chapter; even a single sentence.
Britt-Marie is a possible divorcee. She's found herself in the position of a wife no longer needed in a town no longer worthy of her. After her husband's affair (Kent - a character you hate, then like, the hate, then sort of like...it's a conundrum really how Backman runs the gambit of emotions for this man) and his then subsequent heart-attack...karma? of which Britt-Marie learns about from "the other woman," she finds herself in need of change. A trip to the unemployment office to find a job for the first time in many years begins for her a new life; one she would have never imagined. Her list of daily chores that she must do (especially if she wrote her list in pen) and her love for Faxin window cleaner and balconies make Britt-Marie a character you love despite her quirks. It's her insertion of personality into the misfit tiny town of Borg as a cleaning lady and the tiny changes that resonate at the heart of who she is that make you question why we try to change people? Can't we find what is good in them and let them be?
This novel reminds the reader not to take others for granted, to understand that within our circumstances there is room to consider others' circumstances, and it's never too late to begin again.
A full ☕☕☕☕☕ from me and looking forward to reading more of this author's work.
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
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