Us Against You (Hardcover)

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"Backman again takes us to Beartown in his latest installment exploring all the dark things that lurk beneath the surface in small towns. Ostensibly, this is a book about hockey rivalry, and all the tensions that arise in the wake of the buildup to an important game. But as sports are often held up as being about 'more than sports,' so it is here, as those tensions reveal fault lines in both towns, and we see the way people deal with what is exposed. You have here a full gamut of characters and situations; corrupt local politicians, gender (female hockey coach), sexuality (coming out as gay), chasing one’s dreams, and true strength the face of adversity. With his signature dry humor and provocative writing style, we are treated to a contemporary tale that does, in fact, leave us satified in the end, but also with many questions that challenge us to examine ourselves and our communities, and what more could one ask of a novel?"--Reviewed by Andrew

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Instant New York Times Bestseller The author of A Man Called Ove returns with "a lyrical look at how a community heals, how families recover, and how individuals grow" (The Washington Post).

"Fans of Backman will not be disappointed. His work continues to amaze and captivate, enlighten and thrill." --Shelf Awareness

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 their town's ice hockey club 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. But the arrival of a newcomer gives Beartown hockey 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 huge challenge, especially as the town's enmity with Hed grows more and more acute as the big game approaches.

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.

Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501160790
ISBN-10: 1501160796
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English