Fredrik Backman’s central characters, flawed, prickly individuals, slowly reveal themselves as people to be cherished. I truly love his books, and whole-heartedly recommend them to everyone. Britt-Marie Was Here is no exception. An older woman who has devoted her entire life to her husband, only to discover that he is unfaithful, sets out to make her own way, and finds herself in a small, economically-depressed village with apparently little to recommend it. She stumbles into becoming the soccer coach for a ragtag group of local youth (although she knows absolutely nothing about the game!), and ultimately finds herself with friends, for the first time in many years.

Jennifer M.