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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
The #1 New York Times
bestselling author of A Man Called Ove
returns with Beartown
--an instant New York Times
bestseller--about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything.
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 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. "Like Friday Night Lights
, this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction" (Kirkus Reviews