Beartown (novel)

First edition (Swedish)
AuthorFredrik Backman
Original titleBjörnstad
TranslatorNeil Smith
SeriesBeartown series
PublisherPiratförlaget (Sweden)
Simon & Schuster (US)
Publication date
2016 (Sweden)
2017 (U.S.)
Media typePrint
Pages418 pp (US)
Followed byUs Against You 

Beartown (original title in Swedish: Björnstad) is a novel by Swedish writer Fredrik Backman.[1] The novel, noted as hockey literature,[2] centers on a declining youth hockey team in a small town. The story follows the events leading up to the rape of a 15-year-old girl by the star junior hockey player, and the consequences for the victim, the players, their families, friends, and the community which has a long-standing reputation as a hockey town.[3][4][5] It is the first book in the Beartown series, followed by Us Against You.

The book was removed from the reading list of a high school in North Carolina when parents described it as "vulgar" and "graphic".[6]

  1. ^ "KIRKUS REVIEW: BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  2. ^ Cowles, Gregory (2017-05-12). "A Different Kind of Sports Novel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  3. ^ "Dreaming of economic revival in a small Swedish town". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  4. ^ "REVIEW: 'Beartown,' by Fredrik Backman". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  5. ^ "In Fredrik Backman's 'Beartown,' hockey rules". Retrieved 2020-02-07.
  6. ^ Duncan, Charles (2018-10-09). "NC school district pulls honors class book called 'vulgar'". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 2019-10-17.