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Us Against You: A Novel

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Us Against You: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

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ISBN 13
9781501160790
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New York: Atria, June 2018. Hardcover. First English Language Edition / full number line. Near Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Interior pristine. Spine straight and tight, ends bumped. Two corners lightly bumped. Black remainder line to bottom edge. Jacket clean and bright with slight edgewear at spine ends and corners. No tears, creases, or folds. Not from a library. Not clipped. 435 pages.

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.

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On Jul 21 2018, a reader said:
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Us Against You is the second novel in the Beartown series by Swedish blogger, columnist and author, Fredrik Backman. It is translated from Swedish by Neil Smith. Midsummer in Beartown and there's no ice hockey to be played, but the events of spring, "the scandal" as some referred to it, still looms large in the town's collective consciousness. The (unpunished) perpetrator may have left town, but the victim still bears the blame.

When the Regional Councillors decide that the Beartown Bears Ice Hockey Club will be liquidated, a hearty cheer goes up from their rivals, the Hed Hockey team, while the blame is placed firmly on the shoulders of the team's manager, Peter Andersson and his daughter, Maya. One councillor, however, has plans of his own: a stranger arrives in Beartown on a mission from this politician. His plan brings hope, but is he to be trusted?

In this sequel, all the characters from The Scandal (Beartown #1) feature, but with their backstories expanded, their futures speculated upon and their present reactions to events explored. "Inside every large story there are always plenty of small ones." Some new and interesting characters also appear. As with the first book, there is a lot of Ice Hockey in this story, but it could actually be centred around any team sport in a remote town to the same effect.

There is quite a long and slow build-up to the climax, which may be frustrating for some readers, but patience is rewarded. Backman presents moral and ethical dilemmas in a realistic fashion, there are some lump-in-the-throat moments and many wise words: "Men are busy, but boys don't stop growing. Sons want their fathers' attention until the precise moment when fathers want their sons'." Moving and thought-provoking.

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Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000003208
Title
Us Against You: A Novel
Author
Fredrik Backman
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First English Language Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
1501160796
ISBN 13
9781501160790
Publisher
Atria Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
June 2018
Keywords
fiction, Vit mot er, small towns, sports, ice hockey, hockey, Sweedish, Sweeden
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction; Europe; Britain;
Size
8vo

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