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Us against you : a novel

Author: Fredrik Backman; Neil Smith
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Atria books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Novels
Sports fiction
Hockey stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Us against you.
New York : Atria Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018018670
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fredrik Backman; Neil Smith
ISBN: 9781501160790 1501160796 9781501160806 150116080X 9780718186609 0718186605
Language Note: In English, translated from the Swedish.
OCLC Number: 1013798227
Notes: "Originally published in Sweden in 2017 by Bokforlager Forum as Vi mot er."--Title page verso.,
Description: 435 pages ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Vi mot er.
Responsibility: Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.

Abstract:

A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback. Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the town's enmity with Hed grows more and more acute. As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.
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Praise for Beartown * : * Friday Night Lights for Swedes * O Magazine * Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate Read more...

 
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