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Beartown

by Fredrik Backman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2017, 432 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 6, 2018, 432 pages

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Davida Chazan

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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.

Beartown has almost nothing left except for hockey – but that could change. Because this year, they have a junior team that is good enough to go all the way. And if they do, this almost dead town could be saved. However, after they win the national semi-finals, something happens that changes everything. The question is, did that incident change Beartown for better or for worse?

I have read all of Fredrick Backman's books (see Beyond the Book), and with each and every one I am pleasingly surprised at just how consistently wonderful a writer he is. He takes a subject I have no interest in, and turns it into a story that grips me from the first page. This time, his story centers on the game of hockey, a sport that I not only don't care for, but also sometimes find appalling. Yet when Backman starts describing how his characters play the game, including the violence that comes with ...

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