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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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I’m enjoying this book a lot but it’s taking me a long time to get through it. It’s been so busy to just sit down for some traditional reading. Hoping to finish it up soon.
I need to get my thoughts together on this one, but for the moment I’m just going to say that I really liked this one. It was different from what I expected and different from other books Backman has written, but it is a fantastic character study.
I agree. It is different. And it offers very interesting insight into hockey. My only exposure to the sport is the San Jose Sharks & I’m far from having any strong knowledge about it. I learn more & more each year but the intensity (in any sport, really) is very interesting. To have a whole town basing their livelihood on it, even more so.
Still working my way through it but enjoying it very much.
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