January 2023 Book Group and Fika

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 4:00pm
Title: Beartown
Author: Fredrik Backman

Join Librarian Meredith for fika and a discussion of Swedish author Fredrik Backman's novel "Beartown."

Fika is the Swedish tradition of enjoying coffee and a treat with friends. The library will have coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and some tasty treats for patrons to enjoy starting at 3:40pm.

Book discussion will follow fika at 4pm.

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.

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

Now an HBO Original Series

Copies of Beartown are available to check out at the Scandinavia Public Library, or you may place a hold through Infosoup.

Book Group normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from January through October. The November meeting is held on the fifth Tuesday. We do not meet in December. Be sure to watch our website or our Facebook page for the most recent updates!

We read books across most genres as well as some non-fiction. Anyone is welcome to attend who has read or is interested in the current month's book, and is willing to participate in a civil manner. Members are welcome to attend one meeting or all of them as their interests and schedules permit.