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Beartown: A Novel - Fredrik Backman
Beartown: A Novel
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior... show more
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything.

Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy.

At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager’s daughter—and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781501160769 (1501160761)
ASIN: B01KG5GQDS
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Category:
Literary Fiction
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DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
2.5 Nothing like A Man Called Ove.
Oh dear, I was so looking forward to a new title by Fredrik Backman. I'd loved A Man Called Ove and was hoping for something along similar lines. Alas, I have no interest in sport, particularly ice hockey and I found the style in which the book is written rather patronising - for example: "And what ...
Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 BEARTOWN Review
What can I say? Fredrik Backman, you've done it again. I am speechless and shocked and in awe etc etc. I had the time of my life reading Beartown: a chilly, honest examination of a small, poor town whose future rests on the shoulders of the local teenage hockey team. Unlike Backman's previous wo...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 Backman has a way of exposing mans inhumanity to man and then finding ways around it to offer hope.
Beartown, Fredrick Backman, author; Marin Ireland, narrator *Beartown is a forgotten, dying town. All the hopes of the townspeople rest on their hockey team to bring them back some glory days. The town is consumed by hockey. Their love for hockey supersedes their love for all else and guides their t...
JDCMustReadBooks
JDCMustReadBooks rated it
5.0 Beartown
By: Fredrik Backman ISBN: 978-1501160769 Publisher: Atria Publication Date: 4/25/2017 Format: Hardcover My Rating: 5 Stars This author has a knack for "Best Books To Tug At Your Heart Strings."Talented storyteller, Fredrick Backman returns following the novella (2016), And Every Morning the Wa...
the dilemma of reading
the dilemma of reading rated it
4.5 Beartown/Fredrik Backman
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 e...
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