Britt-Marie was here

a novel

324 pages

English language

Published Sept. 8, 2016

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4 stars (16 reviews)

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.

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Review of 'Britt-Marie was here' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

My only sadness about finishing this book is that it is now one less Backman novel that I have left to read. Few books have ever made me feel part of the town in which they were set but Backman has now made me feel a part of Beartown, one of Ove’s neighbors, and now a rabid fan of Borg’s soccer team. I simply loved this story and the life he gives to each character.

Review of 'Britt-Marie was here' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

This book caught me by surprise. I hadn't read any Fredrik Backman books, and so I didn't know what to expect. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. This book was unlike any I've ever read. It was endearing, funny, and sad, sometimes all at once. It was a joy to read. It manages to defy categories. It is an incredibly funny book, but it is also a book that comments deeply on what it means to age, to live, and to love. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Neighbors
  • Life change events
  • Conduct of life
  • Neighborhoods
  • Soccer stories
  • Fiction
  • Soccer teams
  • Women coaches (Athletics)
  • Small cities
  • Friendship
  • Runaway wives
  • Women