“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway.”
The 2018 book from Fredrik Backman, Beartown is set in a small Swedish town cut-off from everywhere else that experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart. And each year, more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest. Then, the town is offered a bright new future. But 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. Who will speak up?
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