Saturday, September 3, 2016

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Bachman

When Britt Marie finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she packs her bags and leaves him. This is a big change for Britt Marie, and Britt Marie dislikes change. And disorganization - she hates disorganization With nowhere to go, and very little money, she finds herself in immediate need of a job, so she presents herself at the unemployment office, much to the dismay of the counselor who finds herself handling Britt Marie's file.

Being middle aged with no job skills and quite socially awkward, Britt Marie is going to be next to impossible to place. When a temporary job for a janitor comes up in a small suburban village community center, Britt Marie immediately accepts it, and sets off for the village. Her hopes are a bit dashed when she arrives, as the recession has hit the village pretty hard and there's not much life in it. But, Britt Marie perseveres and settles in.

As she begins to get acquainted with some of the interesting characters living in the village, she finds herself getting attached. No one is more surprised than Britt Marie herself when she takes on the daunting task of preparing the local youth soccer league for an important match.

I loved this book! As difficult as Britt Marie can be, she really grows on you the more time you spend with her, and I'm sure she'll grow on you too. By the author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

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