Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik BackmanBritt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt Marie Was Here

byFredrik Backman

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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The number 1 European bestseller by the author ofNew York Timesbestseller and international phenomenonA Man Called Ove,Britt-Marie was Hereis a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instantNew York Timespaperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequen...
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Title:Britt Marie Was HereFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1473617200

ISBN - 13:9781473617209

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it An enjoyable read to pass a lazy day
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it! Not bad, but definitely less enjoyable that Backman's first two novels.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story I love this author. The writing is so unique, i love the main characters, as well as the tertiary characters, I couldn't put this book down! beautifully written story
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! This was my second book by Fredrik Backman. Someone recommended A man called Ove and even though I had my doubts in the beginning, I really loved that book. Just like Ove, Britt-Marie really grows on you from chapter to chapter. I'm already looking forward to my next book by Fredrik Backman!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but Sweet This book was too slow for my liking, but it was as sad and sweet as Ihave come to expect from Backman :)
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I loved Ove so I naturally expected to Love Britt-Marie...nope; couldn't even finish this book.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! This was the first book by Fredrik Backman and was not disappointed! A great read!! Highly recommend.. Now looking forward to readind My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologies
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had to follow Brit-Marie on her adventure Once I finished reading "My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises" (twice) I had to go buy this book to see where Brit-Marie ended up. While I feel that none of his books can equal My Grandmother, this is another sweet ride with a person who seems unlikeable, but you end up cheering for. And as is usual in his books, the supporting characters will make you laugh and break your heart. I will buy this author's books as long as he keeps writing them!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memorable characters I purchased this after I read 'Man Called Ove', Backman truly has a gift of making interesting colourful personalities. I had a hard time with Britt-Marie in the beginning but She grew on me. I could feel for her and the different personalities that make up our world come to life.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book! I received an ARC of this book for an honest and unbiased review. I think this is one of my favourite reads this year, definitely in my top 5! Britt-Marie is a quirky character. She knows how she wants things and that's just the way that things have to be. She's a lady that firstly seems to be quite passive-aggressive, suffering from OCD and set in her ways. But, she's so much more than what is just seen on the surface. Through the course of the book, we see why she's left her husband, what has made her the way she is today, learn why she has no self esteem, and why she is so obsessed with cleaning. Suddenly she's not the annoying lady we first meet who is looking for a job in the unemployment office, she is someone who finds herself, who becomes important to those around her, and finally is seen. I don't want to give anything away in this review, it's such a wonderful story that I think you really need to read it for yourself. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my faves for 2016 Fredrik Backman's first book, A Man Called Ove, remains on my list of all time favourite reads. But Ove has been bumped down a spot by Britt-Marie. Britt-Marie Was Here is Backman's forthcoming (May 2016 in the US and August 2016 in Canada) novel. I'm giving you lots of warning - this is one you absolutely have to read. Britt-Marie's marriage has broken up. After forty years of looking after Kent, she's alone and needs to find a job. Not an easy task, given her age and well - her personality and mannerisms. Britt-Marie is a bit awkward and uncomfortable in social situations and conversations. Britt-Marie's coping mechanisms are cleaning - (baking soda and Faxin - a brand of window cleaner, can do it all) as well as list making. "A year turned into several years, and several years turned into all the years. One morning you wake up with more life behind you than in front of you, not being able to understand how it's happened. Britt-Marie in fact does land a job - a three week stint in a run down little town named Borg, looking after their soon to be closed recreation centre. Borg is full of quirky inhabitants, odd little shops and a group of rag-tag children who love to play soccer - and I loved it all. (And you know, I kind of want to live there too.) But it is Britt-Marie who will steal (and break) your heart. Her stubbornness, her anxieties and her tentative steps in making a life for herself will by turns have you laughing and crying. Brilliant. Backman is a clever, clever writer - his soccer to life analogies are brilliant and the characters immediately won me over (or in the case of Kent - had me immediately despising him) "Kent always pushed the shopping cart, while Britt-Marie walks at his side and holds on to a corner of it. Not because she's trying to steer, only that she likes holding on to things while he is also holding on to them. For the sake of the feeling of going somewhere at the same time." It's simply impossible not to be in Britt-Marie's corner, urging her on and hoping that......well, I had my hopes for her (and Borg). Backman's ending, although not what I expected, is just right. All I can say is that you must read this book - and recommend it to your friends.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heartwarming novel of life, loss, loneliness, and our intrinsic need to be needed. Britt-Marie is 63 years old and she has always felt invisible. The only people who ever appreciated her enough to 'see' her were her sister Ingrid (long since dead) and her husband Kent (for a short while after they were first married). She has no friends. She likes to clean and is more than a bit OCD when it comes to having everything in its proper place. Oh... and she LOVES balconies, purple tulips, and crosswords! Readers first met Britt-Marie in Fredrik Backman's last novel "My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry". She didn't play a huge part in the book - she was the irascible and interfering neighbor who complained about the Wurse. You do not have to read the other novel first as this one stands alone quite well. Britt-Marie's husband no longer sees her, but unfortunately he does see someone else, someone younger and prettier than Britt-Marie. When his infidelity can no longer be ignored - and after decades of being belittled and patronized, Britt-Marie leaves him after over forty years of marriage. She seeks employment and, for the first time in her life, she gets a job. With the help of a disbelieving clerk at the job center, she finds one (of sorts) in a tiny, dying hamlet called Borg. When she arrives at her destination the first thing that happens is that she gets hit in the head with a soccer ball. It would seem the place is besotted with soccer! For soccer is all they have left... Her identity has been eclipsed by her husband for so long that she doesn't know who she is anymore. Her self-esteem is non-existent. Britt-Marie is eccentric, inflexible, quirky, and all too human - but above all she is VERY lonely. She doesn't know what it is like to NOT be lonely. She is SO lonely that she befriends a rat! The adolescents of Borg are without direction, hope, or, it would seem, any adult guidance. They ask her if she will act as their soccer coach. Britt-Marie is astounded as she knows nothing about this game she views as ludicrous. As the children become more and more a part of Britt-Marie's life, she begins to blossom... Sometimes Britt-Marie longs for her 'old' life. When Kent comes to Borg to bring her back home, Britt-Marie wonders if it is worth being lonely and invisible just to have the comfort and stability of the familiar. Poignant and hysterically funny in equal measure, like "A man called Ove" his latest novel "Britt-Marie was here" is a heartwarming novel of life, loss, and our intrinsic need to be needed. The reason I love ALL of Fredrik Backman's novels is the language. All similar in style with short clipped sentences, sparse in words yet packed with emotion. Anyone who hasn't yet read one of his books should do so. May I recommend "A man called Ove" to begin... Ha! For my complete review of this novel visit my blog: Fictionophile
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad. I received this book as an advanced reader's copy. It's difficult to describe it because the main character isn't an extremely relatable one for the most part, yet she also is at times. It's a little complicated. I had never read a book by Fredrik before. He's not a bad writer I just didn't particularly love the book. It may just be me, I don't usually read fiction I just thought I'd give this one a try.
Date published: 2016-04-07

Editorial Reviews

Impressive [and] heart-warming... there are unexpected delights to being stuck with Britt-Marie.