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Fredrik Backman

Beartown

 
 
Author
Fredrik Backman. Neil Smith, trans.
Publisher Atria  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781501160769
Pages/Publication Date 418/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79254
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Even a small town can have big dreams, and in this moving novel from the author of A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here, we see the price that must be paid to make those dreams come true. People say Beartown is finished—the tiny community, nestled deep in the forest, has lost its economy and is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. Yet down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded the town, and there on the ice is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be a better day: their junior hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. Shouldering everyone's hopes and dreams is a lot of responsibility for a handful of teenage boys, however, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that leaves a young woman traumatized and a town adrift in accusations and turmoil. 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 remote forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

"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."—Publishers Weekly

"Backman is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet distinct, flawed yet heroic.... There are scenes that bring tears, scenes of gut-wrenching despair, and moments of sly humor.... Like Friday Night Lights, this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction. A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time."—Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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