Monday, April 17, 2017

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

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?

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