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Britt-Marie Was Here

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Britt-Marie is tactless, persistent to the point of absurdity and, according to her husband, Kent, ‘socially incompetent’. She is not the sort of woman you would want to be stuck in a car with and one might dread being stuck in a book with her just as much. Over the course of Britt-Marie Was Here, Fredrik Backman does an impressive job of making the reader see her innate value, even if she never ceases to be a bit of a nuisance to those around her.

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