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About the Book

About the Book


Beartown is a small community on the brink of disappearing into the surrounding forest as the town loses more and more young people and commerce to the larger surrounding towns. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, home of the hockey club that has long been the sole source of entertainment and pride for the townspeople, and the only possible ticket out of town for the young men who grew up playing hockey there.

Now, the 17-year-old boys who make up Beartown’s junior ice hockey team carry the immense weight of all the town’s hopes and dreams on their shoulders. The team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning --- a win that could bring a new hockey school, commerce and prosperity back to Beartown.

The outcome of this semifinal match has the potential to change lives and make dreams come true. But when an act of violence leaves a young girl traumatized the night following the big game, the town is divided --- and the people of Beartown must decide what they stand for, what they’ll allow, and what they’re willing to give up on the road to victory.

by Fredrik Backman

  • Publication Date: February 6, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • ISBN-10: 150116077X
  • ISBN-13: 9781501160776