The Deal of a Lifetime and Other Stories by Fredrik BackmanThe Deal of a Lifetime and Other Stories by Fredrik Backman

The Deal of a Lifetime and Other Stories

byFredrik Backman

Paperback | June 18, 2019

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In this short story enhanced with beautiful illustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As he talks about this plucky little girl, the father also reveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on a cold winter’s night, the father has been given an unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.

With humor and compassion, Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacy rests in how we share that gift with others.
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...
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Title:The Deal of a Lifetime and Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 7.12 × 5.12 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:7.12 × 5.12 × 0.6 inPublished:June 18, 2019Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1982129018

ISBN - 13:9781982129019

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gift of a book Each of the 3 stories in this collection are gems, perfect gifts that say so much in every line,yet never feel like they're trying too hard. Fredrik Backman keeps getting better and better, with each new piece of writing feeling stronger than the one before. There's a sense of melancholy and nostalgia to these stories, and yet there's also a kind of love of life that exudes from them, leaving you with a bittersweet feeling every time. The illustrations throughout are a lovely little touch to enhance the stories, leaving the whole book feeling like it deserves to be given to every person in your life. Although only one of the stories has any kind of connection to Christmas, this is a fantastic gift idea for the holidays. I think it would make a brilliant stocking stuffer, or just a gift to show your appreciation to someone or give them something that may be small but has a very large emotional impact.
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No one can add such humour to farewells I normally don't enjoy short stories, especially those about loss as there is not normally enough time for character development and for one to grasp the full gravitas of a moment that changes everything. Yet Backman managed to make me cry and laugh within the same page and I found the stories very thought-provoking and touching.
Date published: 2018-12-04