Friday, 9 September 2016

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

In need of a bit of feel-good fiction?
This gorgeous novel translated from Swedish could be just the thing for you!
Britt-Marie is a bit of a pain to be honest...a compulsive cleaner, overly concerned about her reputation and the shortcomings of everyone she meets; she is forced to re-evaluate her life following her husband's infidelity.
After hounding the local employment officer, Britt-Marie is sent to the dying outpost of Borg, to be the care-taker of a community centre that is about to be closed down.
By default she becomes the coach of the local rag-tag children's football team and begrudgingly becomes part of a community of misfits.
What follows is humour and pathos in equal measure, with a certain quirkiness in the translation that only adds to the story.
I am off to get my cutlery drawer in order because, as Britt-Marie says: "We're not animals, are we?"

Reviewed by Katrina

Catalogue link: Britt-Marie Was Here

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