Contemporary Fiction

Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

Quick take

You will cheer when giant-hearted Britt-Marie, who at times seems clueless, finally finds her wings.

Why I love it

There are countless books about women looking for a second chance at life. Britt-Marie Was Here is a cut-above — a wonderful, funny, heartwarming story by renowned Scandinavian author Fredrik Backman. (Yes, a dude wrote this.) Britt-Marie is a 63-year-old woman who finds herself untethered after walking out on a loveless marriage. She is a difficult woman with OCD. (Forks, knives, spoons. Alway...

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  • Rachael A.

    McKees Rocks, PA

    "I love Fredrik Backman!"

  • Candace O.

    Clinton, MS

    "Like his quirky characters"

  • Jessica R.

    North Augusta, SC

    "I loved watching this woman come into her own after nearly a lifetime of living mainly to support her husband and children. Her unusual personality and relationships with others were delightful. "

  • Michelle J.

    Morton, IL

    "It's hard not to root for the oddball, Britt-Marie. Loved the author's prose."

  • Allison E.

    College Station, TX

    "Good character development and establishment of place. "

  • Brandy R.

    Clermont, FL

    "I absolutely LOVED this book! I couldn't get enough of Britt Marie! I actually went out and bought baking soda to clean with, lol! Very inspiring story. I will definitely retread this story!"

  • Andrea K.

    Silverton , OR

    "great story. I love Britt Marie :) "

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    Cameron, MO


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    Rockledge, FL


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    Dearborn, MI


  • Kelly T.

    Raleigh, NC