In Britt-Marie Was Here, we pick up where "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" leaves off. Britt-Marie's husband has just had a heart attack and unfortunately for Britt-Marie, her husband's mistress was with him when it happened. And, well, in Britt-Marie's own words, once you speak to the mistress on the phone, you can't very well go on pretending like she doesn't exist. She and her husband split up, leaving her all alone for the first time in a very long time. She finds a job in a tiny village as a caretaker for a recreational center. There, she meets some young boys and girls who change her life forever. Backman manages to do something few people can. He takes very unlikeable characters and not only creates a delightful story but also manages to make you love that very same unlikeable character by the end. This book is highly recommended for everyone who loved A Man Called Ove.
Walking away from her loveless marriage and taking a job in a derelict, financially devastated town, sixty-three-year-old Britt-Marie uses her fierce organizational skills to become a local soccer coach to a group of lost children.