Bear Town is a small town in a large Swedish forest.
For most of the year, It is under the snow, where the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart.
Its isolation implies that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with every passing year.
But currently the city is on the verge of an astonishing revival.
A bright new future is simply round the corner.
Until the day it’s all place in hazard by a single, brutal Act.
It divides the city into those that assume it ought to be quiet up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done.
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.
Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?.
I wasn’t sure I would love a novel centered on hockey – but as with Friday Night Lights, this is actually a story about people – about strength and tribal
loyalty and what we tend to unknowingly do once making an attempt to show our boys a way to be men.
I totally believed within the residents of Beartown and felt ripped apart by the events in the book (Jojo Moyes bestselling author of ME Before You)
Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel. (Sunday Times)
A story regarding families, regarding relationship and loyalty, inequality, feminine vulnerability, male back-slapping, and parenthood … No person’s story is too little to be told, Backman includes them all.
A novel with a big heart (Jönköpings-Posten, Sweden)
A kind of drawback play that moves extraordinarily skillfully close to the melodramatic while not derailing.
Its originality is substantial and therefore the book believably conveys the twin faces of lifestyle.
An impressive novel, like no other (BTJ, Sweden)
Friday Night Lights for Swedes (O Magazine)
As well-liked Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson.
(The New York Times Book Review)
Backman is a masterful author, his characters familiar yet distinct, flawed yet heroic.
. . Also, 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, a half study of ethical failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction.
So, A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman’s latest will resonate a long time. (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for A Man Called Ove (-)
Also, It’s warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving (Daily Mail)
Delightful … the perfect holiday read (Evening Standard)
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is the most wanted ny Times bestselling author of a person known as Ove (in development as a serious film leading Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Sends Her
Regards and Apologises, Britt-Marie Was Here and Beartown, which is being adapted for TV by the team behind The Bridge. As well as two novellas And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, he is also the author of a collection of heartfelt and humorous essays about fatherhood: Things My Son Needs To Know About The World.
Fredrik Backman’s books are published in more than forty countries and have sold over ten million copies.
He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, together with his spouse and 2 kids.
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