Beartown

Beartown Chapter 1  Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
One late March evening, a teenager walks into the forest with a double-barreled shotgun, puts the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulls the trigger. This novel is “the story of how we got there.”
Backman reveals the story’s climax at the very beginning of the novel, but he doesn’t provide any context, thereby creating suspense—all the reader knows is that the novel will involve a crisis between teenagers, presumably leading to someone getting killed.
Themes
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