Britt-Marie Was Here; Fredrik Backman
Atria - 2016
"Forks. Knives. Spoons. In that order.
Britt-Marie is certainly not the kind of person who judges other people. Far from it.
But surely no civilized person would even think of arranging a cutlery drawer in a different way from how cutlery drawers are supposed to be arranged?
We're not animals are we?"
Britt-Marie is a 63 year-old woman who is socially awkward and set in her ways. After leaving her cheating husband she needs a job and the only job she finds is in Borg, 12 miles away. Her new job is to clean the recreation center in the town.
The people that Britt meets at her job and in Borg are what makes this book a fun read. There were many funny scenes like when Britt-Marie finds out that the recreation center does not stock the ONLY acceptable cleaning product that someone would use. Britt-Marie is a woman who never had children of her own yet, she finds herself in charge of a kids soccer team with children who are longing for some attention.
Britt-Marie's debut came in Backman's last book, My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She's Sorry. When that story ended Britt was leaving driving in her car. This story picks up where the other left off but, it isn't necessary to read that book to enjoy this one. The author knows how to create quirky, yet sympathetic characters. Britt-Marie was so rigid and opinionated yet because of her past and present situation, she's an easy character to root for. You'll know everything there is to know about her and, by the end of the book she felt like someone I knew most of my life. It was so nice to see her become a vital part of the community.
Readers looking for a sweet story with a quirky protagonist should try this book. Almost every phrase uttered by Britt-Marie ended up being highlighted and put a smile on my face.