My Thoughts About Fredrik Backman's Books: Background information when reading Beartown

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Beartown

by Fredrik Backman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
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    Apr 2017, 432 pages
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    Feb 6, 2018, 432 pages

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Davida Chazan

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My Thoughts About Fredrik Backman's Books

Fredrik BackmanAs I noted in my review of Beartown, I've read all of Fredrik Backman's works that have English translations. In fact, I was lucky enough to be one of the first early readers of his debut novel, A Man Called Ove. I realized then that I was witnessing the birth of an amazing talent and, to date, he hasn't ever let me down. Unfortunately, it's tough to find a whole lot out about Backman. A New York Times article notes that before he published Ove, he was a college dropout (where he studied religion), and it took him a while to become the "overnight success" he is today. He was a freelance writer for a Swedish magazine while working "as a forklift driver at a food warehouse, taking night and weekend shifts so that he could write during the day." He's married, has two children, is 35 years old, and lives near Stockholm. I also found out that his second novel, Things My Son Needs to Know about the World, never appeared in English, and that Beartown is also being marketed with the title The ...

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