Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie was here is written by the Swedish writer Fredrik Backman and was first published October 3rd 2014. it holds the genres fiction and comedy.

when Britt-Marie, a woman in her 60's decides to leave her cheating husband, she don’t expect to end up as the leader of a youth club in a deserted little place called “Borg”. And the fact that she soon will experience being a football trainer against her will, being asked on a date by a cop and a lot of other things makes her future something she never in her whole life would agree to or belive in.

Britt-Marie can’t stand filth, and cutlery not sorted in the right way make her scream inside. She eats dinner at the right time, and get up at 6 in the morning, because only lunatics get up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Definitely not.

Backman has done it again. As I've mentioned so many times before, his book "a man called Ove" is one of the books I'll forever hold most precious in my heart. I was a little disappointed with his book "mormor hilser og sier unnskyld" (notice the word "little" in this sentence, because that too is really a good book), but this time I'm more pleased that I could have hoped for. He's done it again.

In my review of “a man named Ove”, i wrote this: “he is that grumpy old man you sigh at when you see him entering the store you work in, because you know there will be arguing. He is that always pissed-off neighbor you used to have when you were a child, the one that always yelled at you for kicking the in his garden or yelling to loud”.

Britt-Marie is not exactly the same character, but she’s definitely one of those you see weekly and sigh at. And this is the biggest reason Backman is a good writer. He manages to make the people you disguise into someone you completely fall in love with. He reminds us that we are all people, and we all have our stories. And he creates a reality and characters you just don’t want to leave. Britt-Marie is without doubt the strongest character I’ve read about sine Ove.


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