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Beartown
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Beartown

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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 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.

Title:Beartown
Edition Language:English
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Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:432 pages
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    Beartown Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 25, 2017

    I'm sure anyone who has either read this book or heard anything about it by now realizes this is a huge departure for Backman from his usual tale. About a month ago I was recording a podcast with the ...

  • Elyse
    Feb 18, 2017

    "For people who have never lived where darkness and cold are the norm, where else is the exception, it is hard to understand that it is possible to find someone who has frozen to death with their jack...

  • Larry H
    Feb 24, 2017

    Here's a little bit of a confession: while I really enjoyed Fredrik Backman's book A Man Called Ove , and the charming curmudgeon who was its main character, I have found in recent years that there s...

  • Carol
    Mar 03, 2017

    5 Big Fat Wonderful Stars!Welcome to the poor side of town. BEARTOWN is way out yonder in the middle of a forest where winter temperatures reach sub-zero and hockey is the name of the game for its str...

  • Angela M
    Feb 03, 2017

    Hockey. What did I care about hockey? I didn't. But the novel soon becomes about more than just the sport, about so much more than I can articulate in a review without giving too much away, but I'll t...

  • Susanne Strong
    Feb 16, 2017

    5 Resounding Stars!Fredrik Backman: You’ve left me drained, almost completely bereft of words. This is a novel, unlike any of your others, yet it’s so full of heart and emotion that we the readers...

  • Esil
    Feb 21, 2017

    I loved Backman's A Man Called Ove. I really really liked My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. But when I read Backman's last full length novel -- Britt-Marie Was Here -- I wondered whethe...

  • Arah-Lynda
    Apr 19, 2017

    Beartown is a small, dwindling northern community that is being slowly but surely consumed by the ever encroaching trees.    It is a hockey town and far too many of the residents financial futures ...

  • Cheri
    Feb 28, 2017

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!Well I was born in a small townAnd I can breathe in a small townGonna die in this small townAnd that's prob'ly where they'll bury me -- John Cougar MellencampBeartown is a small to...

  • Diane S ?
    Mar 07, 2017

    It is not just because I think this is an outstanding and insightful book. Nor because I like hockey, actually most sports, come from a sports mad family, because I do. No, my rating reflects the fact...