Backman highlights both the importance and dangers that are found in communities. Beartown is a very tight-knit community bound together by their passion for hockey. The success of the hockey team is important for the stability and economy of the town. When things are going well on the ice, the community is flourishing too. 

Without spoiling the book for you, here’s a brief overview of what happens. There is a tragic event that occurs within the community which relates to the hockey team and the players. This devastating event causes a dilemma and forces individual community members and the collective community to decide whether to speak out or remain silent in order to support the hockey team.

Everyone has a thousand wishes before a tragedy, but just one afterward.


Engaging storyline

The storyline is extremely engaging and unpredictable. Backman keeps you on the edge of your seat as you gain insight into the lives of various community members.


narrative structure

There are a variety of characters that Backman introduces throughout the book. Their storylines are told piece by piece and over time you understand how the various characters are interrelated. 

This book is for you if…

  • You like hockey – the storyline is based around events that occur in a hockey-obsessed town

  • You are a young man or woman – the controversial issues that unfold are very relevant in today’s world