The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Overeturns 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.
When I read A man called Ove or My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman I was blown away by the stories originality. At that point I had never read such an unique plot before, or had the pleasure of reading about characters that were this incredibly fascinating in their uniqueness. It was storytelling of it’s FINEST!!!!
Reading Beartown was unfortunately a letdown.
There were two reasons why this book didn’t work for me.
I don’t want to spoil the book, just saying that I didn’t expect this book to go in the direction it went. Maybe I put the author on such a high pedestal that a fall was inevitable. That’s something I’ll keep in mind next time I’ll pick up one of his books. Nevertheless I hoped for something similar to A man called Ove or My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and that was just not the case.
Even so the writing was superb – because Fredrik Backman is definitely an author that can spin a captivating story. I got quickly tired of the authors habit of foreshadowing situations and events that might or might not happen just to keep the tension high. Many of his chapters and paragraphs ended with a suggestion that something bad could be happening. I don’t remember him doing so in A man called Ove or My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, I’ll have to go back to check it.
All in all it was a disappointment for me.
On a positive note, I will always read his books, because I believe that he has more originality in his small finger than many other authors combined. At least my hopes are high that he goes back and writes a plot that makes my mind go BOOM!!!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.