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Beartown. #1 / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.

Backman, Fredrik, 1981- author. (Author). Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), translator. (Added Author).
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Available copies

  • 3 of 8 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 5 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 8 total copies.

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Bagley Public Library BAC (Text) 33500012474821 Main On holds shelf -
Climax Public Library BAC (Text) 33500012482071 Main On holds shelf -
Crookston Public Library BAC (Text) 33500012502647 Main Checked out 10/09/2019
Moorhead Public Library BAC (Text) 33500012502639 Main Checked out 10/17/2019
Moorhead Public Library BAC (Text) 33500012502654 Main Checked out 10/17/2019
Roseau Public Library BAC (Text) 35500006142796 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library BAC (Text) 35500005863897 Main Available -
Warroad Public Library BAC (Text) 35500006200511 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501160769
  • ISBN: 1501160761
  • ISBN: 9781501160776 (pbk)
  • Physical Description: 418 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Summary, etc.: "From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 March #1
    Everyone knows Beartown is a hockey town. And everyone in Beartown knows someone who is connected to hockey, from the lonely owner of the local bar to the former athlete now managing the supermarket. In a town dying from economic decay and isolated by the surrounding wilderness, Beartown needs its junior hockey team to bring home the championship and bring in tourism and sponsorship dollars to keep the town alive. The son of a wealthy businessman and team patron, Kevin is the squad's superstar. Amat is an immigrant whose speed and skill on the ice may be his ticket to popularity. Maya is the daughter of the team's beloved general manager. When the paths of these three collide in the supercharged aftermath of a decisive game, the town's financial survival rests on the moral convictions of its most vulnerable citizens. The sentimentally savvy Backman (A Man Called Ove, 2014) takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Hockey stories.
Scandals > Fiction.
Sweden > Fiction.
FICTION > Literary.
FICTION > Humorous.
FICTION > General.
Hockey stories.
Sweden > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.

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