Beartown: A Novel

By Fredrik Backman
Read by Marin Ireland

13.19 Hours 04/25/2017 unabridged
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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.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.

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Summary

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

New York Times Bestseller

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for April 2017

An April 2017 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for May 2017

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ireland narrates in a remarkably adaptable way; her chameleon voice is devoted to developing character, and she’s so effective that she makes the story come to the fore… Ireland nimbly skates her own way through a novel that is gorgeously written, meticulously plotted, and nearly perfectly performed. This one is not to be missed. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
"[A] slow burn of a novel about a community that pours all its hopes into a youth hockey team. Think Friday Night Lights for Swedes.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“The residents of Beartown place all their hopes on their ice hockey team, but a player’s violent crime threatens to tear the town apart.” BookPage
“The sentimentally savvy Backman takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town and young people.” Booklist
“Lest readers think hockey is the star here, it’s Backman’s rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town.” Publishers Weekly
“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. A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman’s latest will resonate a long time.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, as well as Britt-Marie Was Here and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English