Britt-Marie Was Here, by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, just kept showing up. It would be one of the books that would be suggested, ala if you enjoyed this book, you will enjoy Britt-Marie Was Here on a lot of the book sites I regularly peruse. The libraries I use recommended the book. Blogs that I follow would suggest it as a book worth reading.
All right, all right, I will read it, I finally said, though the synopsis didn’t exactly grab me.
Britt-Marie is a 60-something woman who leaves her controlling husband after she learns he is having an affair. She is compulsive and entirely set in her ways. She has been since she was a little girl and her much-adored sister is killed in a car accident. It should have been you, is the message that Britt-Marie gets regularly from her mom, whether or not it is spoken out loud.
So Britt-Marie begins the process of starting a new life. The only job she is able to find is the manager of a recreation center in a very small town. She has spent most of her life taking care of others, and has no idea who Britt-Marie is and why anyone would care.
But she learns that people do care, and begins to put together a new life where people accept her for who she is. And who play soccer. You will have to read the book to find out why soccer is important to the story.
The author has written a couple of other books – the intriguingly titled My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and A Man Called Ove. Much like Britt-Marie Was Here, they didn’t grab my attention. After reading this book, which might end up being one of my favorite novels ever, I will be reading his other books as well.
Britt-Marie Was Here was a breath of fresh air after reading some fairly dark novels lately. I seriously loved every word of this book, and want Britt-Marie to spend some time with me. The ending pleased me a great deal.
I highly recommend this book.