Author: Fredrick Backman
Facilitator: Dr. Rachel Schipper
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, 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.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is 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, leaving no resident unaffected.
In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found issues and questions that are relevant to the entire world.
About the Facilitator
Dr. Rachel Schipper, after 30 years in university administration, most recently as the associate dean of technology at the University of Florida, has happily been director of libraries at The Society of the Four Arts for the past five years.
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