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Beartown (Hardcover)

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Fredrik Backman is back! Those of us who fell in love with his unforgettable characters in Man Called Ove won’t be disappointed in his latest, Beartown. Taking place in one small-town community obsessed and reliant on their homegrown hockey team, he once again weaves his magic in creating a true sense of a place and of people.  How do we become blind to others suffering and what ultimately bind us together?  A powerful, relevant, page-turning book. I loved it!   Ps: If you loved the TV series, Friday Night Lights, this book will make you so, so happy. 

— Casey


New York Times bestseller - 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.

"You'll love this engrossing novel." --People

"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....A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit." --Kirkus Reviews

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501160769
ISBN-10: 1501160761
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English


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