Thursday, June 22, 2017

Britt-Marie was Here

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman  324 pp.

At the end of the novel My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Britt-Marie walks out on her unfaithful husband. This book begins with the socially awkward and obsessive compulsive Britt-Marie trying to find a job. She has not worked outside the home since she married and her only skills are obsessively cleaning everything. The employment counselor finds Britt-Marie a temporary job running the community center in a small and nearly dead small town. Soon she is absorbed into the life of the town and finds herself becoming attached to the unusual characters that inhabit it, especially the children. When her errant husband comes to town in an effort to convince her to come home she is forced to decide between her old and new lives. I enjoyed this book more than Backman's previous novels A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me  . . . .

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