Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at sixty-three, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless forty-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis. For the fastidious Britt-Marie, this new world of noisy children, muddy floors, and a roommate who is a rat (literally), is a hard adjustment. As for the citizens of Borg, with everything that they know crumbling around them, the only thing that they have left to hold onto is something Britt-Marie absolutely loathes: their love of soccer. When the village's youth team becomes desperate for a coach, they set their sights on her. She's the least likely candidate, but their need is obvious and there is no one else to do it. Thus begins a beautiful and unlikely partnership. In her new role as reluctant mentor to these lost young boys and girls, Britt-Marie soon finds herself becoming increasingly vital to the community. And even more surprisingly, she is the object of romantic desire for a friendly and handsome local policeman named Sven. In this world of oddballs and misfits, can Britt-Marie finally find a place where she belongs? Zany and full-of-heart, Britt-Marie Was Here is a novel about love and second chances, and about the unexpected friendships we make that teach us who we really are and the things we are capable of doing.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781508216667
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9 hr., 18 min., 4 sec.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Walker, Joan (Narrator)


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Sep 22, 2018

I agree that reading "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry" is a great prerequisite for this one! In this one Britt-Marie becomes even more lovable. It would have been a nice touch to refer to more of the characters in that book in this tale as a way of deeper understanding of her life before Borg.
As always with stories of this nature the readers accent brings much to the story.

Jun 10, 2017

Really enjoyed this book - felt like " A Man Called Ove" for a woman. Recommend!! bookwoman & Abby Tabby

fineplan Oct 15, 2016

First off, while you could certainly read and understand this book without reading "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry" I think you'll get even more out of this book if you do read that.

I found this book to be a real heart string puller. I may not have all of Britt-Marie's personality quirks, but I certainly understand wanting that feeling that someone knows you were here. As Britt-Marie comes to terms with her new life -- her "coming of age" at 63, as the author puts it, she stumbles onto what really makes you visible.

The book is just so funny and charming and moving and I absolutely love Britt-Marie, Sven, and all the other main characters (well, not really Kent). This may well be one of my favorite books this year.


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