Britt-Marie Was Here

Fredrik Backman

Received from Netgalley

BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE is my first time ever reading Fredrik Backman but it won’t be the last. Britt-Marie is married to Kent for forty years. That is until his mistress calls her to let her know Kent has had a heart attack. She was totally dedicated to Kent until that moment. She has no friends and hardly ever left their apartment. But all that has to change now. She goes to the unemployment office to find a job. How is she ever going to find a job she is qualified for when all she has done for the past forty years is take care of her house and her husband? She is sixty three years old and after completing hundreds of crossword puzzles, she thinks that will help her find employment. Her story is going to have you laughing out loud at the things that come out of her mouth and the situations she finds herself in.

Britt-Marie does find a temporary job as a caretaker of a recreation center In a small town called Borg. Borg is a town that is slowly dying and as you read BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, you are overcome with such sadness for Borg. She meets some loony characters there and if you let them, they will worm their way into your heart. Just like Britt-Marie will. As Britt-Marie finds her way in life, she also helps the towns people of Borg. Could this be the second chance that Britt-Marie needs?

Fredrik Backman has the gift to create characters to perfection. You find yourself wondering if one of them could be you or one of your neighbors. The emotions Mr. Backman pulls out of you while reading are going to surprise you. The person you hate the most at the beginning of BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE could very well be the person you love the most by the end of the story. The combination of heartbreak and humor will have you laughing while reaching for another tissue. I love when an author can do that to me. BRITT-MARIE-MARIE WAS here is filled with grief, pride, second chances, OCD, and community spirit. Once you start reading, you will not be able to stop until the very last page. I can’t wait to read more by this very talented author.


  1. Ugh, I am having trouble reading tonight with my eyes. Is it a coincidence that the covers are so similar or is the author going for a theme? Is this book related to A Man Called Ove in any way?

    Your review is beautiful. This sounds like an endearing read 🙂

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  2. I met Britt-Marie when I read “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry” and she is an awesome character! I’ve been meaning to read this one (and A Man Called Ove) for some time. You may have just provided the impetus.

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  3. Great review! I haven’t read anything by this author yet, either. But your review has convinced me to give him a try! Thanks, Susan! 🙂

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