IN-PERSON: Fredrik Backman

If you’re a fan of Fredrik Backman’s, you’ve probably been anxiously awaiting the conclusion of his bestselling Beartown trilogy. It’s finally here and my grandmother wanted us to tell you it’s a winner! It’s actually THE WINNERS and the one and only Fredrik Backman will be here in person to introduce it to us. Sadly, Britt-Marie will not be here. Tickets are the deal of a lifetime: one copy of THE WINNERS admits one to the event.  

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The long-awaited conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling and “engrossing” (People) Beartown series—which inspired an HBO series of the same name—follows the small hockey town’s residents as they grapple with change, pain, hope, and redemption.

It starts with a storm, a death, and two funerals on the same day.
One person’s life is being celebrated by all of Beartown.
One person’s life is being forgotten.

Maya Andersson and Benji Ovich, two young people who left in search of a life far from the forest town, come home and joyfully reunite with their closest childhood friends. They can see how much Beartown has changed. There is a sense of optimism and purpose in the town, embodied in the impressive new ice rink that has been built down by the lake.

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The destruction caused by a ferocious late-summer storm reignites the old rivalry between Beartown and the neighboring town of Hed, a rivalry which has always been fought through their ice hockey teams. Maya’s parents, Peter and Kira, are caught up in an investigation of the hockey club’s murky finances, and Amat—once the star of the Beartown team—has lost his way after an injury and a failed attempt to get drafted into the NHL. Simmering tensions between the two towns turn into acts of intimidation and then violence. All the while, a fourteen-year-old boy grows increasingly alienated from this hockey-obsessed community and is determined to take revenge on the people he holds responsible for his beloved sister’s death. He has a pistol and a plan that will leave Beartown with a loss that is almost more that it can stand.

As it beautifully captures all the complexities of daily life and explores questions of friendship, loyalty, loss, and identity, this emotion-packed novel asks us to reconsider what it means to win, what it means to lose, and what it means to forgive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @BackmanSK.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Books: 
Beartown: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501160776
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Published: Atria Books - February 6th, 2018

Us Against You: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501160806
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Published: Atria Books - March 5th, 2019

A Man Called Ove: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2015

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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501115073
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501142543
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Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

The Deal of a Lifetime By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501193491
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017