Sometimes there are books you want people to read, and sometimes there are books you NEED people to read. Beartown is one of the latter. As relevant as it is poignant, Beartown is a portrait of a struggling town who puts its future in the hands of a junior hockey organization, and the fallout. Backman's novel is at once a love song to the game, a meditation on responsibility and blame, an examination of the politics of a community in isolation, and a scathing indictment of a culture built on toxic masculinity. Jumping in and out of the heads of Beartown's residents with masterful skill and timing, Backman brings each character to life in tender, vivid detail, so you feel the full impact of the years between them, the complicated bonds of loyalty and betrayal and love that drive them all to chaos. Beartown is moving and incisive, a novel you won't soon forget.
— From Lauren's Reading List
By now, you probably recognize the name Fredrik Backman as one of the world's favorite emerging authors. This book holds up to his canon of fantastic works, but it is quite different from his others. It has the usual Backman qualities in that it will make you laugh and cry, but this one seems deeper and more complex. Beartown deals with the struggles of an entire town trying to become significant again. This is a book about hockey much like how Friday Night Lights is a series about football. It is there, but the human aspect of the story is much more important than the sport. Beartown will break your heart.
— From Shane's Reading List
New York Times bestseller - 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. "You'll love this engrossing novel." --People "Backman is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet distinct, flawed yet heroic....There are scenes that bring tears, scenes of gut-wrenching despair, and moments of sly humor....A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit." --Kirkus Reviews
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.