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Beartown: From The New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove by [Fredrik Backman]
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I wasn't sure I would love a novel centred on hockey - but as with Friday Night Lights this is actually a story about people - about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men. I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book -- Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You

Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel., Sunday Times

A story about families, about friendship and loyalty, inequality, female vulnerability, male back-slapping, and parenthood ... No person's story is too little to be told, Backman includes them all. A novel with a big heart, Jönköpings-Posten, Sweden

A kind of problem play that moves extremely skilfully near the melodramatic without derailing. Its originality is substantial and the book credibly conveys the dual faces of everyday life. An impressive novel, like no other, BTJ, Sweden

Friday Night Lights for Swedes -- O Magazine

As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson., The New York Times Book Review

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. . .Like Friday Night Lights, this is about more than youth sports; it's 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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It's warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving, Daily Mail

Delightful ... the perfect holiday read, Evening Standard --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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A dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream and the price required to make it come true. From international bestseller Fredrik Backman. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, atmospheric and unsettling - a brilliant read once you get into it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beartown is the read of the year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toxic masculinity in a small town
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing novel that will make you think
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently and tightly crafted novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Usual brilliance from Backman, but darker than before
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb choice for a Book Club
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