Originally published in: 2016
What it’s about: A socially inept, recently single woman in her sixties tries to find
purpose something to do where people are so she won’t die alone and not be discovered for a week.
What made me pick it up: I loved loved loved Backman’s debut so I placed a hold on all his recent and upcoming releases. As I listened to that, and highly enjoyed it, I sought the audio for this as well (and I again recommend it).
My favorite things: I’m consistently amazed at this author’s ability to write curmudgeonly characters with grace and humor. The humanity he imparts makes it feel like someone in your community or family for that matter. Britt-Marie is marvelous but so is the supporting cast in this small town novel. While not as funny as A Man Called Ove, this certainly has its moments. I also enjoyed the running thread of soccer as metaphor. As a lifelong soccer player this spoke to me as much as any character. The ending is a bit more ambiguous than Ove but if you liked how that played out, with the character coming to a realization, then you will like this as well.
Who it’s great for: Those who want to read about simple, sweet characters and relationships as they go through real life situations. Readers who enjoy everyday warmth in their stories. Fans of Fredrik Backman.