Britt-Marie was here

5 stars

At a certain age almost all the questions a person asks himself are about one thing: how should you live your life?

I give very few 5 star reviews, but I LOVED this book. It is so beautifully written and so engaging that I couldn’t put it down.

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?

And so begins the journey of Britt-Marie. A 60 something woman that was used to her quiet life taking care of her husband Kent and cleaning her home with Faxon and baking soda, when she is suddenly thrust into the world on her own. What will she do when her entire existence is no longer taking care of someone else? By sheer force of will Britt-Marie finds a job as the manager of a run-down recreation center that is scheduled for closure in a dying small town. She finds herself surrounded by very different people than herself and must decide if she can change and how she wants to live the rest of her life. The story of Britt-Marie’s journey is funny, touching, heart-breaking and will stay with you long after you’re done reading it.

I highly recommend you read this book.