Friday 29 September 2017

Friday Books - The Scandal by Fredrik Backman

For BookBeginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice this week, I'm featuring...

The Scandal by Fredrik Backman

Here's My Beginning..

This book is also called Beartown - that's the one that I've seen around online. Fortunately not read, because I would have been annoyed, had I read it, and then purchased this, thinking it was his latest, and I'd read it already.

I know authors call books different titles for different parts of the world - it seems in the US, Beartown won, whereas we get the UK title, which is The Scandal.

My Page 56

Here's the blurb-

"Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest.

For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart.

Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner.

Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.

No one can stand by or stay silent. You're on one side or another.

Which side will you find yourself on?"

I enjoy Backman's writing - here's my review of A man called Ove, so I'm looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this weekend? 


Roberta said...

Oh, he wrote A Man Called Ove? Great book.

I have to admit I'm a bit mixed up by his use of pronouns in this one. "We" in the first part, "he" and "you" in the 56 part. Who's narrating?

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm glad you clarified about the different titles....I have made the mistake with some authors' books, buying both versions of the same book.

I have been eyeing this one. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Breana M. said...

This story seems like it could be okay. Enjoy your current read!

Sassy Brit @ said...

Hi Bev!

It can be so confusing when we get different book titles to our American readers.

I do quite like the title The Scandal - but prefer the colourful book cover picture of Beartown.

Either way, it's my kind of read. Thanks for sharing.

Mine is Anne Frank's story, since I just got back from Amsterdam. :D

Find it here:

Thanks! Enjoy your weekend!

Hardlyagoddess said...

I so want to read this- sounds very good with the excerpts, but also I love his previous books- such a different voice for writing- Funny, I hadn't heard of this one, but then you explained it is Beartown!

Hardlyagoddess said...

Love his books- your excerpt sounds great for this title too- I would have thought the same thing with the two similar titles!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I'm a fan of this author and have read and reviewed Beartown. I like his character development.

Tânia said...

I really liked the beginning of "The Scandal". Kinda creepy. I'm adding it to my wishlist.

Happy readings!
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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fredamans said...

I've seen it around as Beartown and believe I have it on my wish list too. :-) Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

That title issue is a bit confusing for readers! Glad you didn't get stung and end up with two copies of the same story.

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense said...

Love the imagery in this 56. Enjoy your weekend!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

One of these days I really want to try Backman! :)

Lauren @ Always Me