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Us Against You (Hardcover)

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As soon as I got a copy of Fredrik Backman's "Us Against You," the sequel to my favorite book of last year, "Beartown," I immediately hugged it to my chest. That's how excited I was to return to this little town in the woods and the characters who inhabit it, who have lived with me ever since I turned the final page on "Beartown." And I'm happy to say that I've fallen even more in love with Beartown's residents, whose struggles and joys and heartbreaks are so vivid, they feel like your own. But even more than that, "Us Against You" taps into some of our most prescient fears, the things and the people who seek to exploit our weaknesses and divide us with hatred, and show us that the only way forward is through unity, through love.

— From Lauren


"Evident in all Backman] novels is an apparent ability to state a truth about humanity with breathtaking elegance." --Kirkus Reviews

"Darkness and grit exist alongside tenderness and levity, creating a blunt realism that brings the setting's small-town atmosphere to vivid life." --Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Backman will not be disappointed. His work continues to amaze and captivate, enlighten and thrill." --Shelf Awareness

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with "a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recover and how individuals grow" (The Washington Post).

A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the town's enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.

Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501160790
ISBN-10: 1501160796
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English