“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway… What you create, others can destroy. Create anyway. Because in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and anyone else anyway.” -Fredrik Backman, Beartown
I love Fredrik Backman’s books. I have read three of them so far (A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Things My Son Needs to Know About the World) and each one of them I have swept up into the imaginary worlds he creates. Backman is Swedish and lives with his wife and two kids in Stockholm.
I just started Beartown (Björnstad), published in April 2017, and I have a really good feeling about it. Almost half of the ratings on Beartown have rated it five stars!
The story’s backdrop is a small hockey town surrounded by the forest. This feels like my kind of novel. 🙂