|By (author):||Backman, Fredrik|
|Subject:||FICTION / Family Life|
|FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Literary|
|FICTION / Small Town & Rural|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Size:||7.50in x 4.12in|
|From The Publisher*||From Fredrik Backman, New York Times bestselling author of Beartown, comes a heart-wrenching story of the ways loyalty, friendship, and love carry a small community through its darkest days.|
After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local junior hockey team will 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 Hed, take in that fact. As the tension between the two towns simmers, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to try to save the Beartown club.
Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more heated.
As the big game between Beartown and Hed approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they've been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.
Us Against You is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that form and colour our communities. Compelling and heartbreaking, it's a roller-coaster ride of emotions and a showcase for "Fredrik Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness).
|Review Quote*||PRAISE FOR US AGAINST YOU|
"This is a tale of the pitfalls of group mentality as well as the loss of an innocence we all take for granted-and it will grip you from start to finish."
|Review Quote*||PRAISE FOR BEARTOWN|
"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."
|Review Quote*||"Like Friday Night Lights, this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction. A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time."|
|Review Quote*||"Backman, a bestseller-list mainstay . . . returns with the story of a down-and-out town and its hopeful young hockey team. . . . The sentimentally savvy Backman takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town and young people."|
|Review Quote*||"You'll love this engrossing novel."|
|Review Quote*||"There's so much heartbreak here, so much wisdom and raw emotion packed inside, that reading this novel makes for a powerful experience."|
|Review Quote*||"Consider this the Friday Night Lights of the ice rink. . . . Beartown has all the pleasures of a rainy-day matinee."|
|Review Quote*||"This story is a charmer."|
|Review Quote*||"You don't have to know hockey to enjoy this story; in fact, you might like it a little better if you don't. You may even love it if you're a fan of keeps-you-guessing novels of exquisite storytelling. Undoubtedly, if you're a big Backman fan, you need this book because Beartown cannot be beat."|