Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman
498 pages (LP edition)
Britt-Marie finally faces facts and walks out on her long-time cheating and harshly critical husband. But how can she support herself and where will she go as a sixty-something-year-old housewife? Do her outstanding cleaning abilities and excellently organized cutlery drawer qualify as marketable skills?
The local unemployment agent sends her to a tiny, dying town that needs a temporary caretaker for their recreation center. Britt-Marie stumbles along with her awkward social interactions just trying to be useful while not embarrassing herself. Because that would be horrible! Along the way she meets a variety of quirky townspeople who accept her as she is. Acceptance is a totally new experience for Britt-Marie, and becomes the key for her to open up her life to new ideas and her heart to love.
Although Britt-Marie's small-town experience is pretty unrealistic (I've lived in a few), I found the tale charming and heart-warming. Wouldn't it be great if all of us could set aside our fears and live life to the fullest?