I love the author’s style of gradually revealing contradictory bits and pieces about the characters. It takes us a while to get to know each of them , and almost as long to decide to like them.
Britt-Marie is crotchety, snobby, set in her ways and judgmental. Or, that’s what I thought when I started reading. The more I read the more I enjoyed her. Just like in the author’s previous books, our main character is far more than meets the eye.
This is a story about a middle aged woman leaving her husband and ending up in an isolated poverty stricken town. That said, it’s pretty funny. Here’s a line I noted as particularly clever: “Somebody has one of the worst hairstyles Britt-Marie has ever laid eyes on, as if she’s combed her hair with a terrified animal.” It’s also a bit melancholy: “Britt-Marie stayed awake all night. She’s used to that, as people are when they have lived their entire lives for someone else.”
To really appreciate this gem of a book I recommend reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. We meet Britt Marie in that book and get quite a bit of her backstory.
Source: ARC from publisher
Audience: adults. This would be a great pick for a book group.