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“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People
The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Beartown is the kind of chatty, enveloping novel that swallows you whole. Swedish writer Fredrik Backman—author of the 2012 breakout hit A Man Called Ove—is back with the tale of a hockey-obsessed small town simmering with secrets. Backman wields the same charm evident in his previous books, but this time around he's married his signature amiability to a creeping, very Scandinavian kind of darkness. The combustible result elevates the work of this exceptional storyteller to a whole new level.
The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove tells a poignant story of a hockey town paralyzed by scandal. Jobs are disappearing and Beartown is slowly dying, so for its citizens, hockey is everything. Backman asks, "Why does everyone care about hockey? Because hockey tells stories." This is the story not just of hockey, but of a 15-year-old named Maya Andersson, whose father, Peter, the general manager of the hockey club, loves hockey, but loves his family more. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Erdahl is the star of Beartown, with a chance to go professional. One night, after a huge win, Maya goes to a raucous party at Kevin's house and is thrilled at his attention, but things get out of hand, and what takes place changes Beartown forever. Lest readers think hockey is the star here, it's Backman's rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town. While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through, ultimately offering hope and even redemption. Backman veers close to the saccharine, but readers may be too spellbound to notice.
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Timely and Timeless
So I read A Man Named Ove and loved it so I read Britt-Marie Was Here and loved it more so of course I got Beartown. Initially I didn't like it at all. There wasn't a beloved character. In fact, none of the characters were especially compelling. The story itself unfolded much in the same way the other two had, bit by bit, but without the beloved character it just seemed slow. Then it hit and oh my. Every second mattered after all. This one is different, though, so beware. It is deep and dark and real. It is happening. Read it.
What happened to the 4.99 price?
Great book so far! Unfortunately, I found this book under the $4.99 section of the bookstore but when I bought it, I was charged $12.99. I’d like to be refunded for the difference if possible.
Brilliant relevant thoughtful
Backman writes colorful true characters better than any author in this time. I have appreciated all of his books, loved all of his characters and valued his deep understanding of the very nature of human beings and communities. This book is par excellence!