Beartown (Large Print / Paperback)

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Beartown is a small, rural community that is devoted to hockey. Hit with economic slow downs and increased "big town" competition, the town bases its reputation for excellence on hockey and the success of its team and players. Trouble comes when charges of sexual misconduct explode their unity and focus, forcing hard decisions concerning the town's ethics and sports mania. Fredrik Backman once again succeeds in telling life-changing stories as a town must come to terms with this new reality. — Becky, Minneapolis

A town dependent on its hockey team has to endure a trauma which will tear it apart and then bring it back together in this fast paced, moving and redeeming novel. A story which will resonate anywhere in the world. — John, Warwick's

May 2017 Indie Next List


“After a family tragedy, former NHL player Peter Andersson moves his family back to Beartown, where he's gotten a job as general manager for the local hockey club. Beartown is on its way back up, riding the heels of its most successful junior team in years. On the cusp of that victory, news breaks of a crime that shakes the community to its core. When the worst happens, who do you stand by - your team, your community, your family? In Beartown, Backman shows us, once again, that human beings are anything but predictable.”
— Julia Turner, Itinerant Literate Books, Charleston, SC

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“I loved this book so much that I truly didn’t want it to end. Backman writes stories that are full of heart yet gritty and real enough that they don’t veer into cloying sentimentality. He is a master craftsman, weaving subtle details into a beautifully told, captivating masterpiece. Beartown, on the edge of nowhere, is in an economic decline, with only the town’s hockey team giving its residents hope for the future and a sense of belonging. When that future is threatened, Beartown’s residents are forced to show what they really stand for. If you like John Irving, if you love Richard Russo, if you want a novel that is just plain wonderful, read Beartown!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books (Okemos), Okemos, MI



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432837846
ISBN-10: 1432837842
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Pages: 632
Language: English