Everything in Beartown will change in the next two weeks. Maya Andersson and Benji Ovich, two young people who left the woodland town in quest of a better life, return home and enthusiastically reconnect with their closest childhood pals. The stunning new ice rink erected down by the lake represents a fresh feeling of hope and purpose in the community.
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It’s been two years since the events that no one wants to remember. Everyone has attempted to go on, but something about this area keeps them here. The devastation wrought by a late-summer storm reignites a historic rivalry between Beartown and its neighboring town of Hed, which has traditionally been waged through their ice hockey teams.
“Fredrik Backman returns to Beartown, a tenacious community, for a journey of first loves, second chances, and final goodbyes.”
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Maya’s parents, Peter and Kira, are embroiled in an inquiry into the hockey club’s murky finances, and Amat, once the Beartown team’s star, has lost his way following an injury and a failed NHL draft attempt. Tensions between the two towns escalate into intimidation and ultimately bloodshed. Meanwhile, a fourteen-year-old boy becomes progressively estranged from this hockey-obsessed village and vows to get revenge on those he deems responsible for his beloved sister’s murder. He has a pistol and a plan that will leave Beartown with a loss that is nearly unbearable.
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