Us against you : a novel / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Neil Smith.
A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might 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 the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback. Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; 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 town's enmity with Hed grows more and more acute. As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.
- ISBN: 9781501160790
- ISBN: 1501160796
- ISBN: 9781501160806
- ISBN: 150116080X
- ISBN: 9780718186609
- ISBN: 0718186605
- Physical Description: 435 pages ; 24 cm.
- Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 
- Copyright: ©2018
"Originally published in Sweden in 2017 by Bokforlager Forum as Vi mot er."--Title page verso.,
In English, translated from the Swedish.
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