So many people, recently, have been talking about “A Man Called Ove” and “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel.” However, I have not, until now, had the chance to read/listen to one of this author’s novels.
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 25, 2017
Beartown is a story about a small town, who’s existence revolves around ice hockey. The junior team, this particular year, is headed for the semi-finals with a good chance at winning the finals.
In essence we see, when bad things happen and controversy strikes, the heavily ingrained ‘ice-hockey’ culture affects the overall views and culture of the town-folk. People begin to take sides.
It seems the entire town is explored from players to coaches, teachers, parents, students, local factory workers, the local pub owner, hockey club board members, sponsors … We learn who is on the right side and who is on the wrong side.
One observation (not a complaint) is that the author, seems to be vested in all of his characters as, in addition to the main story, many tidbits of information about the various character’s past, present and futures are included. The over development of characters works well in this small-town story.
Reading Group Guide
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What Other’s Are Saying
From My First Book Of The Year Post:
Beartown is an awesome audio! Enjoy! – Beth Fish from Beth Fish Reads
I loved Bear Town, I hope you do too! – Vicki from I’d Rather Be At The Beach
I also listened to this one on audio and loved it. In fact it is my favorite I have read by this author. Enjoy Pat! – Sheila from Book Journey
Us Against You
The in-depth look at characters in Beartown makes sense as there is a second novel to be released in June of this year.
- Series: Beartown (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (June 5, 2018)
About The Author (from the author’s website)
Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.