THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME by Fredrik Backman

The Deal of a Lifetime

“Maybe you will find this to be a strange story, I don’t know…Anyway, this is the story. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
With love, 
Fredrik Backman”

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant holiday novella about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he’s taken a life but he won’t say whose—not yet.

One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As the man tells his son about this plucky little girl, he slowly reveals more about himself: while he may be a successful businessman, idolized by the media and his peers, he knows he failed as a parent. Overwhelmed by the responsibility of fatherhood, he took the easy way out and left his wife and little boy twenty years ago to pursue professional success. Now he is left wondering if it’s too late to forge a relationship with his son, who seems to be his opposite in every way—prizing happiness over money, surrounded by loving friends in a cozy town where he feels right at home.

Face to face with the idea that something is missing, the man is given the unexpected chance to do something selfless that could change the destiny of the little girl in the hospital bed. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he needs to find out what his own life has actually been worth in the eyes of his son. And so, he seeks him out and tells him this story…

Written with Fredrik Backman’s signature humor, compassion, and “knack for weaving tales that are believable and fanciful” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our only legacy is how we share that gift with those we love

Yes, Mr. Backman, I did indeed think this was a strange novella. Tiny story. It was so sad and ambiguous in the end, it could have gone many ways.

While I love his other works, this one, I would probably check out of the library before buying it.

xx Patricia

5 responses to “THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME by Fredrik Backman”

  1. Ok thanks for the warning. So far I’ve loved everything of that author’s but maybe I’ll avoid this one!

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  2. Those ambiguous endings can be so interesting. You never know when they’ll click with you, and when they won’t. If I see this one at the library, I think I’d take a pass at it. It sounds interesting, but I don’t have money to blow on a maybe. 🙂

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    1. I usually enjoy his work. I wouldn’t buy it.

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  3. I loved it… but we can’t all agree all the time. Yes it was ambiguous, but you can make up your own mind… As another blogger said to me (and I agree), I would read Fredrik Backman’s grocery list.

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    1. The rest of his work I like. But you are right, none of connect with everything we read! Thanks for that!

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