Beartown by Fredrik BackmanBeartown by Fredrik Backman


byFredrik Backman

Mass Market Paperback | May 29, 2018

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The #1 New York Times 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.
Carl Fredrik Backman is a Swedish columnist who grew up in Helsingborg. He has been writing for Helsingborgs Dagblad and Moore Magazine. He debuted in 2012 with the novel A Man Called Ove. He is also the author of My grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and have been publis...
Title:BeartownFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.5 × 4.12 × 1.2 inPublished:May 29, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1508260516

ISBN - 13:9781508260516

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Enjoyed the Hockey aspects of the book and a different read than expected. Characters were well written and how they are intertwined with each other and how only one could unravel it all.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this book and was sad when it ended. It was an easy read and good story. Looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An easy read I found this book didn't lead up to much. It was kind of predictable. It was just okay to me.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Loved This!!! This was a good one. I had seen it on *must read* lists, but went in blind. I was sucked right in, and enjoyed every moment of it. A fave for sure!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It got better and better as i turned each page. As I got into the story and got to know the characters I was enveloped in their world. Many mixed emotions rolled into this book but I found I just could not put it down. A great read!
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very different book from A Man Called Ove I came to this book after reading his first book which was a charming, sweet story of a lonely old man coming out of his crusty shell. This book focuses on a small town in Sweden, the main occupation and focus of which is on its youth hockey team. It took quite a while for me to get engaged with the story as he sets up how much the team is the centre of the town. Then things start to go bad and we see the effect this has on the town and its people. This could be any town with a hockey, football, baseball team, where the team is idolized. It is quite a dark story but I recommend this to anyone, even if you are not a sports fan.
Date published: 2018-05-28

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Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.

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This is the story of how we got there.

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant mix of belly-laughs, profound insight and captivating events delivered… with Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature."