Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel, Book 3

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Simon and Schuster, May 3, 2016 - Fiction - 336 pages
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The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places.

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be.

But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination,bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.

When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she is more than a little unprepared. Employed as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center, the fastidious Britt-Marie has to cope with muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat for a roommate. She finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts—and a handsome local policeman whose romantic attentions to Britt-Marie are as unmistakable as they are unwanted. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

Funny and moving, observant and humane, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the unexpected friendships that change us forever, and the power of even the gentlest of spirits to make the world a better place.
 

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User Review  - joannemonck - LibraryThing

I read a Man called Ove from this same author and decided to try another novel. It was as good or better then Ove. An older woman is tossed aside by her husband. The only thing she knows is taking ... Read full review

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If you're a fan of Fredrik Bachman's A Man Called Ove, you will certainly enjoy this similar tale. Britt-Marie might as well be Ove's sister, an incessant cleaner, a drawer organizer, a blunt ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
15
Section 4
23
Section 5
30
Section 6
38
Section 7
45
Section 8
55
Section 21
175
Section 22
182
Section 23
190
Section 24
197
Section 25
208
Section 26
218
Section 27
223
Section 28
228

Section 9
71
Section 10
81
Section 11
89
Section 12
95
Section 13
105
Section 14
116
Section 15
126
Section 16
135
Section 17
144
Section 18
150
Section 19
158
Section 20
166
Section 29
240
Section 30
248
Section 31
261
Section 32
271
Section 33
281
Section 34
285
Section 35
291
Section 36
300
Section 37
310
Section 38
321
Section 39
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Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

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