Britt-marie Was Here: A Novel

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The New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry “returns with this heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after a personal crisis…fans of Backman will find another winner in these pages” (Publishers Weekly).

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention.

But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy 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 miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. 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 misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

Funny and moving, sweet and inspiring, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the importance of community and connection in a world that can feel isolating.


  • BrittMarieWasHere 01 Title

    Duration: 19s
  • BrittMarieWasHere 02 Chapter01

    Duration: 14min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 03 Chapter02

    Duration: 07min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 04 Chapter03

    Duration: 12min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 05 Chapter04

    Duration: 10min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 06 Chapter05

    Duration: 13min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 07 Chapter06

    Duration: 11min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 08 Chapter07

    Duration: 17min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 09 Chapter08

    Duration: 29min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 10 Chapter09

    Duration: 17min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 11 Chapter10

    Duration: 12min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 12 Chapter11

    Duration: 09min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 13 Chapter12

    Duration: 16min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 14 Chapter13

    Duration: 19min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 15 Chapter14

    Duration: 17min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 16 Chapter15

    Duration: 15min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 17 Chapter16

    Duration: 13min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 18 Chapter17

    Duration: 10min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 19 Chapter18

    Duration: 14min
  • BrittMarieWasHere 20 Chapter19

    Duration: 14min
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