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324 pages, Hardcover
First published October 3, 2014
"An unreasonable amount of paperwork is required these days just to be a human being."
"It is difficult to know when love blooms; suddenly one day you wake up and it`s in full flower."
"It`s easier to stay optimistic if you never have to clear up the mess afterwards."
"Soccer is a curious game, because it doesn`t ask to be loved. It demands it."
"At a certain age almost all the questions a person ask him or herself are really just about one thing: how should you live your life?"
"That is the reason why passion is worth something, not for what it gives us but for what it demands that we risk."
"You are not alone if someone needs you."
Backman does it again....creates a one-of-a-kind quirky character, but this one just wants to be loved, needed and remembered.
The laughs begin early on as an honest (to a fault) and forthright 63 year old Britt-Marie enters into a conversation with a girl working in the unemployment office. Desperately in need of a job to improve her self-esteem and need to be useful, Britt-Marie unknowingly proceeds to insult the girl with a so-called compliment about her hairstyle that will crack you up!. There the relationship and daily harassment begins and does not end until temporary employment is secured in the little ghost-like town of Borg.
BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE started off really strong for me, but lost momentum when the storyline moved to Borg; picked up again when Matt (the husband) and Sven (the policeman) entered the picture, but lulled again with an ending a bit too ambiguous for me.
Overall, a very strong 3.5 Star read.