Off the Beaten Path: Britt-Marie and Ove

07 Nov Off the Beaten Path: Britt-Marie and Ove

If you’re like me and love a good character development novel, you will definitely want to check out Fredrik Backman’s recent books, filled with rich characters you will feel you know personally in no time at all.


You will enjoy meeting Britt-Marie in Britt-Marie Was Here. Britt-Marie has spent much of her life overlooked and in the shadows of others like her sister and husband. She’s stubbornly awkward and set in her ways—even judges people by the state of their cutlery drawers and disinfects everything in sight with baking soda. But the unexpected happens when she ventures outside of her routine life into the town of Borg where she discovers friendships, independence, and self-actualization in spite of her quirky, somewhat neurotic ways.

You can learn more about Britt-Marie in Backman’s earlier novel: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.

I also fell in love with Ove in Backman’s A Man Called Ove. Ove is a cantankerous, stick-in-the-mud fellow who, in his seasoned age, is fed up with the cons, bureaucrats, and injustices of the world. Yet somehow he’s a loveable character struggling with the loss of both his wife and job. Ove moved my soul as he struggled to move through his grief and once again find purpose in living. This novel will not disappoint.


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