"Beartown" is the latest book from Fredrik Backman ( "A Man Called Ove" and "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry"). It's about a remote, slowly dying, small town in the middle of the woods where the success of the Junior Hockey Team is the last hope for the town to grow rather than continue its slow decline.
I've barely started the book and its already holding my imagination hostage. The language is simple and undramatic yet it gets to the heart of the things that shapes lives.
Here's how it starts:
"Late one evening, towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked in to the forest, put the gun to someone elses forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there".
I'd love to take today off to drink this book down but I'll have to sip at it as work permits. Still, it will make my day.