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Beartown

(2017)
(The Scandal)
(The first book in the Beartown series)
A novel by

 
 
Now an HBO Original Series

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

Named a Best Book of the Year by LibraryReads, BookBrowse, and Goodreads

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anxious People, a dazzling and profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

By the lake in Beartown is an old ice rink, and in that ice rink Kevin, Amat, Benji, and the rest of the town’s junior ice hockey team are about to compete in the national semi-finals—and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Under that heavy burden, the match becomes the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown.

This is a story about a town and a game, but even more about loyalty, commitment, and the responsibilities of friendship; the people we disappoint even though we love them; and the decisions we make every day that come to define us. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I wasn't sure I would love a novel centred on hockey - but as with Friday Night Lights this is actually a story about people - about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men. I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book." - Jojo Moyes


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5311-5692-4 / 978-1-5311-5692-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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August 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Scandal: Published in the U.S. as Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 0-7181-8657-5 / 978-0-7181-8657-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beartown (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-4104-9812-3 / 978-1-4104-9812-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beartown: A Novel
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5011-6076-1 / 978-1-5011-6076-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beartown - Signed / Autographed Copy
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5011-7569-6 / 978-1-5011-7569-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : Paperback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-982177-97-7 / 978-1-982177-97-3
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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March 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-982114-35-5 / 978-1-982114-35-0
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 2018 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5082-6051-6 / 978-1-5082-6051-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beartown: From The New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-4059-3020-9 / 978-1-4059-3020-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beartown (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-4328-3784-2 / 978-1-4328-3784-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beartown: A Novel
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5011-6077-X / 978-1-5011-6077-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beartown: From The New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 0-7181-8976-0 / 978-0-7181-8976-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Scandal: Published in the U.S. as Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 0-7181-8977-9 / 978-0-7181-8977-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Scandal: Published in the U.S. as Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 0-7181-8658-3 / 978-0-7181-8658-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5011-7635-8 / 978-1-5011-7635-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5011-6310-8 / 978-1-5011-6310-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Beartown: A Novel
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5082-4909-1 / 978-1-5082-4909-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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August 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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August 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5082-3097-8 / 978-1-5082-3097-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 1-5082-3152-4 / 978-1-5082-3152-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Beartown: From The New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Beartown
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Beartown: A Novel
Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon