Beartown - Fredrik Backman


By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 623 Ratings


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads BookBrowse Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The 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.

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.


  • Brilliant relevant thoughtful

    By Elizabeth Ann 99
    Backman writes colorful true characters better than any author in this time. I have appreciated all of his books, loved all of his characters and valued his deep understanding of the very nature of human beings and communities. This book is par excellence!
  • Great book for all adult readers

    By Adelmam
    A great book to read. It had me feeling sad, mad, and happy.
  • About Life and Choices- Very Worthwhile

    By thegogoj
    My book club selected this. I never would have read it otherwise. The initial hockey theme would have put me off. I’m glad I read it, though, because it provides numerous insights to groups of people who I rarely meet, and helps explain their interests and behaviors. It also provides important insights about life and choices for all groups of people.
  • Close to home

    By jennylu27
    As a hockey mom and a former minor league hockey wife, I can’t tell you how accurate this book is. I try to tell people it can be any sport, but it obviously hits close to home for hockey. It’s a very different world - bonds you can’t break due to the time these boys spend together which is more than most sports. And the moms who engage - so very accurate. You pick your seats in the stands based on where other parents are sitting so as to avoid the one who will stir up the drama. Regardless, it’s a mom who loves her child and just acts it out a little differently. What an amazing book. Bravo! Can’t wait for Us Against You to come out.
  • Best book I’ve ever read!

    By Fan of This Author!
    Every character, every one of their stories is developed with such interest and grace you feel everything with them. Beautiful writing, wonderful setting, breathtaking book I’ve read!
  • Loved this!

    By Gilliam
    Enjoying this author immensely! I love the flawed characters... and that we get to experience a bit of life with them. Enjoyable read...can’t wait for the next book!
  • Beartown

    By Perky too
    To start with the book is much, much too long. There are too many characters with small side stories and so much repetition of the hockey theme. I loved A Man Called Ove and was sure this was going to be another good one, but I really did not enjoy this book and flipped through many pages to get to the end. Very disappointing.
  • Timely and Timeless

    By Mbsjrka
    So I read A Man Named Ove and loved it so I read Britt-Marie Was Here and loved it more so of course I got Beartown. Initially I didn't like it at all. There wasn't a beloved character. In fact, none of the characters were especially compelling. The story itself unfolded much in the same way the other two had, bit by bit, but without the beloved character it just seemed slow. Then it hit and oh my. Every second mattered after all. This one is different, though, so beware. It is deep and dark and real. It is happening. Read it.
  • 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.