Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? The follow-up to the international bestseller Beartown.
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. He is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, and top ten bestsellers My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries and he has sold over seven million copies. The Scandal - published as Beartown in the US - is being adapted for TV by the team behind The Bridge. Fredrik lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Praise for Beartown and Fredrik Backman * : *
I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book -- Jojo Moyes * bestselling author of Me Before You *
Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel * The Sunday Times *
Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either* Independent *
What you get in a Fredrik Backman work is wonderful writing
brilliant insights into things that truly matter - right vs. wrong, fear vs.
courage, love vs. hate, the importance and limits of friendship and
loyalty, and more. Fredrik Backman is one of the world's best and most
interesting novelists. He is a giant among the world's great novelists -and this literary giant is still growing.
In his dark but warmhearted way, Backman is a psychologist,
insights are on display again in Us Against You...he creates an astute
emotional world much bigger than a small Swedish town. It's a novel youcan sink into.
If Alexander McCall Smith's and Maeve Binchy's novels had a
child, the result would be the work of Swedish writer Fredrik Backman /
.../ Backman's novels have wide appeal, and for good reason. Us Against
You takes a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recoverand how individuals grow.
Backman (A Man Called Ove) returns to the hockey-obsessed
his previous novel Beartown to chronicle the passion, violence,
resilience, and humanity of the people who live there in this engrossing
tale of small-town Swedish life /.../ Backman's excellent novel has an
atmosphere of both Scandinavian folktale and Greek tragedy. Darkness
and grit exist alongside tenderness and levity, creating a blunt realismthat brings the setting's small-town atmosphere to vivid life.
There is even more potential for book group discussion here
Backman explores violence, political maneuvering, communities,
feminism, sexuality, criminality, the role of sports in society, and whatmakes us all tick.
Readers, take a break from the heat this summer to visit the icy
of Beartown. Immerse yourself in Us Against You, for once you open this
book, you won't be able to resist falling into the hockey town out in the
woods. Live among the residents for a few days. I guarantee that it will
be tough to say goodbye when you turn the last page. Fredrik Backman
has a rare talent for reaching inside his readers and coaxing out their
deepest emotions while weaving a riveting tale that stays with you for along time. Don't miss out on this phenomenal novel.
Through Backman's astute examination of humanity, Us Against
You will elicit snickers and full-blown belly laughs. It will
rip out hearts, then
replace them stronger than before. Most of all, it is sure to prompt
readers to examine their lives in order to be better people, if only inmicroscopic ways.
This is a tale of the pitfalls of group mentality as well as the
loss of an
innocence we all take for granted - and it will grip you from start to finish.
Just as the cult TV hit Friday Night Lights wasn't just
football, this sequel to Beartown is about more than small-town hockey.
Us Against You is a story of hopes, dreams, loyalty, friendship, and - after
someone is left for dead - the lengths people will go to for the love of the game.
Backman uses an abundance of thrilling hints about upcoming
and it works. You simply have to continue reading. The story is
wonderful, deeply touching and very thought-provoking, and hats off
again to the author's ability to portray people and trends in society. The
novel plays on your entire register of emotions, and you live and breathe
alongside the many different characters, all of which are precisely and empathetically depicted.
"Fredrik Backman is one of Sweden's best authors. He's mastered
to depict a village and its citizens so that you both love and hate them.
/.../ Backman writes with emotion, and it goes straight to your heart. /.../
As always with Backman, there's still hope for humanity, because wherethere is violence and hatred, there is also forgiveness and love."
Fredrik Backman writes wonderfully about men, with a love
understanding for the ones who would rather solve conflicts with theirfists. It's hard not to love it.
Backman knows how to construct a thrilling plot, and what he
engages. /.../ And when he hits his stride among the emotions, the
sentimental turns into an asset - like a hockey puck straight to the heart.