Join Mary Pom Claiborne on Monday, August 13 at 6:30 for a discussion of Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
Written by the author of the best-selling A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is the heartwarming tale of sixty-three-year-old Britt-Marie. After discovering her controlling husband's unfaithfulness, she leaves him and takes a job as a caretaker of a recreation center in the dreary town of Borg. Most of Borg's industry and population have left, leaving a small group of eccentric townsfolk. It is among these unique characters, particularly the youth soccer team, that Britt-Marie begins to blossom.
Mary Pom is a native Knoxvillian who, against all odds, was raised on pickled herring. Her sister spent one summer in Sweden. Being competitive, at her first opportunity, she managed to explore Sweden's northern regions during the summer solstice just so she could see the midnight sun and possibly one up her sister. None of that makes her an expert on Swedish literature, but she thoroughly enjoys Fredrik Backman's novels and is excited to lead the discussion.