Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Reading List: The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

Yesterday's pick was a little longer, but Fredrick Backman's The Deal of a Lifetime is certainly short enough to squeeze in between meal planning and shopping - or baking and snacking! It's quite the perfect accompaniment for tea and cookies, in my opinion.

Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

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…

If you haven't read Fredrik Backman yet, this is your chance to find out what all the fuss is about!


As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I read three Backman books this year, but I’ve not crossed this one off my list yet. I have a customer, though, who raved about this one to me.

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If you haven't read anything by this author you will have missed an incredible story teller. Everything he writes makes me think. How he tells stories and wraps life into his characters is amazing. This story will make you wonder at life itself.