Beartown - Fredrik Backman


By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings


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.


  • Poignant characters woven into an extraordinary story

    By Handakina
    This is my first time reading Mr Backman, but will certainly not my last. His unique story telling and character development are second to none, even Jodi Picoult. Poignant characters are carefully woven into a story that could be about any small town in any country. This is not a "hockey" book, it is a beautifully crafted story full of life's lessons and life's learnings.
  • Bear Town

    By Peg1gy
    Wow! I could not stop reading. A story with insight and excitement, what a fantastic read.
  • Help

    By Turnippatti
    Will it becoming out in audio?