I thought it might be fun to come up with a new way to “reveal” my book choices. And what better way than to make it “naked”? So, here you are…my book choice for December – an obvious choice for cuddling up on a cold Sunday when there are dozens of chores to put off in favor of a warm blanket and good read.
Oh, how I love Fredrik Backman! And I can’t wait to dig into this one. It promises to be another beautifully revealing study of humanity in all its flawed splendor. Plus…there’s winter…and hockey…what could be more perfect for December?
The back of the books says:
“It’s only a game. It only resolves tiny, insignificant things. Such as who gets validation. Who gets listened to. It allocates power and draws boundaries and turns some people into stars and others into spectators. That’s all.”
A tiny community deep in the forest, Beartown hasn’t been the best at anything in a long time. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink. And, in that ice rink, Kevin, Amat, Benji, and the rest of the town’s junior ice hockey team are about to compete in the national semifinals–and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of his place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Under that heavy burnden, the semifinal match becomes the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil.
This is a story about a town and a game, but even more about loyalty, commitment, and the responsibilities of friendship; the people we disappoint even though we love them; and the decisions we make everyday that come to define us. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Buy the book, listen to the audio, check it out at your local library…give it as a gift!