Beartown by Fredrik Backman
A Novel

78%

9 Critic Reviews

A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman’s latest will resonate a long time.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Fredrik Backman

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Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger and columnist. He is author of a work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know About Life, and A Man Called Ove, his first novel, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in its native country and will be published in more than twenty-five languages all over the world. He was reported the most successful author in Sweden in 2013.
 
Published April 25, 2017 by Atria Books. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on May 14 2017
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Critic reviews for Beartown
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Feb 21 2017

A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman’s latest will resonate a long time.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 19 2017

While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through, ultimately offering hope and even redemption. Backman veers close to the saccharine, but readers may be too spellbound to notice.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Zeynep Sen on Apr 24 2017

he narrative continually emboldens the heavy, darker tone of the novel which, while not as light as his previous novels (though none of Backman’s works can truly be considered light), still preserves its basic human-ness and even persevering, uplifting spirit.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Apr 28 2017

The author of A MAN CALLED OVE has a surefire bestseller with BEARTOWN. There’s so much heartbreak here, so much wisdom and raw emotion packed inside, that reading this novel makes for a powerful experience.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Fred J. Eckert on Jun 01 2017

The most compelling reason to read “Beartown” is that it is written by Fredrik Backman. Each of his books have been a pleasure to read — well-paced and with characters so well developed you feel as if you know them and how they think and see things; you feel as though you’re watching and listening not reading.

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Apr 30 2017

You don't have to know hockey to enjoy this story; in fact, you might like it a little better if you don't. You may even love it if you're a fan of keeps-you-guessing novels of exquisite storytelling.

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Reviewed by Sarah Frobisher on Apr 25 2017

Backman's use of timing and foreshadowing are exquisite in his newest novel, Beartown...Backman's story is important and is a must-read for everyone.

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Above average
Reviewed by Deborah Donovan on May 01 2017

Backman traces the impact of this one violent act, not just on Maya and her family, but on all the inhabitants of Beartown­, and the lingering effects often ignored in the all-too-similar accounts of sexual violence...

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Reviewed by Carol Haggas on Mar 01 2017

The sentimentally savvy Backman (A Man Called Ove, 2014) takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town.

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