|Fredrik Backman. Henning Koch, trans|
|Pages/Publication Date:||324 / 2015|
An irresistible companion novel to Swedish columnist Fredrik Backman's winning A Man Called Ove, this is a tale of finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places. Britt-Marie can't stand mess (a disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins) and begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And if sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, that is certainly not her intention; she is not one to judge others, no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. But hidden inside the fussy, socially awkward busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes. When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the backwater town of Borg, she is more than a little unprepared. She finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center, where she has to cope with muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat for a roommate. And yet, Britt-Marie finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens—an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts—and gains the unwanted attention of a handsome local policeman. Most alarming of all, she's given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
"A brilliant mix of belly-laughs, profound insight and captivating events delivered ... with Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature."—Shelf Awareness
"The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with this heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after personal crisis.... Insightful and touching, this is a sweet and inspiring story about truth and transformation. Fans of Backman's will find another winner in these pages."—Publishers Weekly
"Britt-Marie's metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly seems all the more remarkable for the utterly discouraging environment in which it takes place."—Booklist