Britt-Marie Was Here (Paperback)

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Fredrik Backman, author of “A Man Called Ove" and "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry," has done it again. List loving Britt-Marie has an overwhelming fear of dying undetected by all. Enter the soccer-loving town of Borg, home of the dirty, downtrodden and defeated. Throughout this woman’s quirky, captivating quest to become somebody, Backman creates an eclectic cast of characters guaranteed to let everyone know “Britt-Marie Was Here.” Laugh out loud funny, I adored this book!

— Kristin Bates


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 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501142543
ISBN-10: 1501142542
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English

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