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Britt-Marie Was Here by [Backman, Fredrik]
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“The bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE returns with this heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after personal crisis. Backman reveals Britt Marie’s need for order….with clear, tight descriptions. Insightful and touching, this is a sweet and inspiring story about truth and transformation. Fans of Backman’s will find another winner in these pages.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Britt Marie’s metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly seems all the more remarkable for the utterly discouraging environment in which it takes place." (Booklist)

“A brilliant mix of belly laughs, profound insight and captivating events delivered… with Backman's pitch perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature." (Shelf Awareness)

PRAISE FOR A MAN CALLED OVE

“A charming debut…You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You’ll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything’s cuter.” (People)

“Even the most serious reader of fiction needs light relief, and for that afternoon when all you want is charm, this is the perfect book." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. This quirky debut is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the impact one life has on countless others—and an absolute delight." (CBS Local)

"An inspiring affirmation of love for life and acceptance of people for their essence and individual quirks. A Man Called Ove is a perfect selection for book clubs. It's well written and replete with universal concerns. It lacks violence and profanity, is life affirming and relationship driven. The book is bittersweet, tender, often wickedly humorous and almost certain to elicit tears. I contentedly wept my way through a box of tissues when I first read the novel and again when I savored it for a second time.” (BookBrowse.com)

"A Man Called Ove is exquisite. The lyrical language is the confetti thrown liberally throughout this celebration of life story, adding sparkle and color to an already spectacular party. Backman's characters feel so authentic that readers will likely find analogues living in their own neighborhoods." (Shelf Awareness (starred review))

"Readers seeking feel good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger turned overnight sensation would win hands down." (Booklist, Starred Review)

“A funny crowd pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love… The author writes with winning charm.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English language readers… hysterically funny… wry descriptions, excellent pacing… In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden,generous heart.” (Kirkus Reviews)

PRAISE FOR MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY

“[…] Believable and fanciful. Backman’s smooth storytelling infuses his characters with charm and wit. . . Engaging. . . A delightful story.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

“Every bit as churlish but lovable as Backman’s cantankerous protagonist in his debut, A Man Called Ove (2014), precocious Elsa will easily work her way into the hearts of readers who like characters with spunk to spare. A delectable homage to the power of stories to comfort and heal, Backman’s tender tale of the touching relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter is a tribute to the everlasting bonds of deep family ties. (Booklist (starred))

“Firmly in league with Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.”

(Kirkus Reviews)

"In his second offering, Backman (A Man Called Ove) continues to write with the same whimsical charm and warm heart as in his debut." (Publishers Weekly)

"An eclectic cast of characters, fairy tale wisdom, and a little mystery… one of our favorite novels of the year so far." (SFGate.com)

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The number 1 European bestseller by the author of the international phenomenon A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1713 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (3 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01921JTMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wasn't sure at the start whether Britt-Marie was going to annoy me and the early description of Borg was beginning to irritate me....and then I realised I was hooked. Read it in bed, read it with my breakfast (nearly late) and then read through the night! The characters are all damaged but loveable. I cried and I laughed and I sympathised. I'm not sure if the ending is what I would have chosen but it was in fitting with the characters and what they probably would have done.
I enjoyed A Man Called Ove and I enjoyed this too. A quiet unassuming read but is it really? I'm still thinking about it even though I have finished it and am starting my next book.
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Britt Marie walks in my very sensible and highly polished lace-up shoes. She shares my opinion on the importance of the coaster to civilized society. After all, we're not barbarians, are we?
Britt Marie is one of those characters who climbs out of the pages of the book and sits next to you - giving the chair a quick polish, first. Her voice offers a murmured commentary of the world; the importance of the correctly used apostrophe, good table manners, Ps and Qs. Long after the book is finished, she is still there, a voice of reason and respectability at your elbow. She might be old-fashioned - a reflection of your maiden aunt or prim piano teacher - but that doesn't mean she isn't right.
What is wonderful about this book is the way those dogmatic opinions and straight-laced attitudes hide a well of deep insecurity, the kindest of hearts, a real desire to be liked and to do good.
This book will warm your heart, and help you see people differently. And it will send you scuttling to your cutlery drawer to put it in order. After all, we're not animals, are we?
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Britt-Marie is 63 and doesn't quite know what her purpose is in life. After decades of devoted service to her husband and his ungrateful children, Britt-Marie discovers her husband has been cheating on her with a younger woman. Left alone, she wonders if anybody would even notice if she died - and so decides she needs a job and contact with other people so that somebody will notice if one day she's just not there. With little in the way of life experience but some very fixed ideas about what's 'right', she marches off to the job centre, demands a job and finds herself as the temporary caretaker of a soon to be sold-off leisure centre in a long-ago-forgotten small town.

This is a book about changing your life, accepting people (and rats) very different from yourself and being open to new experiences. Putting aside some (but by no means all) of her prejudices and fitting in more by accident than intent, Britt-Marie finds that others value her even when she doesn't value herself. She becomes the coach of the kids' football team despite knowing nothing about the sport and gets to know a wide cast of people with physical, social and economic disabilities as well as igniting the romantic interest of the local policeman. Armed with a direct and often accidental sense of humour, a zero tolerance for nonsense and a large bag of baking soda, is there anything that Britt-Marie can't handle?

Incidentally, I have been forced to accept that Britt-Marie is probably right about how to arrange your cutlery drawer and I am probably wrong.
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I will start by saying that I loved Ove to bits but Britt-Marie initially engaged me and I thought this is going to be another winner but then it all seemed to slow down and to be honest I got bored with all the mention of football. Altogether a decent read but not fantastic. Shame, I had such high hopes.
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expertly written, yet simple. A wonderful insight into a different culture and town were the credit crunch hit badly yet there is still passion and camaraderie amongst those left, and that passion is football! Wonderfully poignant and uplifting - thoroughly recommended
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A wonderful read which I found hard to put down. Beautifully written and as enjoyable as the other two books written by this author. Thoroughly recommended.
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I love this author! I would highly recommend reading the previous book, My Grandmother Says Sorry and Send Her Love - because it introduces us to Britt-Marie as a character. As with A Man Called Ove, the book is a journey through a character's evolution. The writing is crisp with a wry sense of humour and wonderful insights into ordinary people's lives and thinking. Can't recommend these books highly enough! They can seem slightly slow as they start but it's totally worth it!
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I absolutely love this book, Britt Marie is a strange, complex and loveable character who initially seems to be quite high on the autistic spectrum. When her marriage breaks down she takes a job in a town in the middle of nowhere and the fun really begins. I didn't want the book to end, it was funny, heartbreaking and uplifting, sometimes all in the same paragraph.
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