Beartown

Fatima is Amat’s mother; her husband died in a war before Amat was born, and she and her son emigrated to Sweden from an unnamed country when Amat was a baby. Although she’s barely middle-aged, she suffers from back problems due to her arduous cleaning job at the hockey rink. Nevertheless, she’s grateful for her job because it gives her the chance to watch Amat practice. Though Fatima has a quiet personality and never raises her voice, she is proud and stout-hearted, and she expects Amat to be a strong, ethical person. On principle, she turns down Mr. Erdahl’s offer of a better job and encourages Amat to stand up to his teammates’ efforts to intimidate him into supporting Kevin.

Fatima Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Fatima or refer to Fatima. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 4 Quotes

His mom always says they must be grateful, the pair of them, and he understands her. No one is more grateful than her, toward this country, this town, these people, and this club, toward the council, their neighbors, her employer. Grateful, grateful, grateful. That’s the role of mothers. But the role of children is to dream. So her son dreams that his mother will one day be able to walk into a room without having to apologize.

He blinks the sweat from his eyes, adjusts his helmet, and pushes his skates into the ice. One more time. One more time. One more time.

Related Characters: Amat, Fatima
Page Number: 21
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Chapter 43 Quotes

My name is Amat. I saw what Kevin did to Maya. I was drunk, I’m in love with her, and I’m telling you that straight so that you lying bastards don’t have to say it behind my back when I walk out of here. Kevin Erdahl raped Maya Andersson. I’m going to go to the police tomorrow, and they’ll say I’m not a reliable witness. But I’m going to tell you everything now, everything that Kevin did, everything that I saw. And you won’t ever forget it. You know that my eyes work better than anyone else’s in here. Because that’s the first thing you learn on the Beartown Ice Hockey Club, isn’t it? ‘You can’t teach that way of seeing. That’s something you’re born with.’

Related Characters: Amat (speaker), Maya Andersson, Kevin Erdahl, Fatima
Page Number: 353
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Fatima Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Fatima appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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...at age seven, and a handwritten prayer that a nurse had whispered to Amat’s mother, Fatima, after his birth. It’s said to be a prayer cherished by Mother Teresa, and one... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...which sits on the edge of an old gravel pit and consists of apartment blocks. Fatima and Amat live there in a two-room apartment. Early every morning, they take the bus... (full context)
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...from her cleaning job and away from Beartown. He doesn’t care about money—he just wants Fatima to be able to rest her aching back, and to no longer have to constantly... (full context)
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...forth across the ice, as fast as he can go. When she gets a chance, Fatima watches Amat while she works. To her, having moved from a place without snow, Amat’s... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Fatima comes into the club president’s office while the men are still laughing over the joke... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Amat has greater desire than anyone. Hockey was “a way into society” for him and Fatima, and now, he intends for it to become “a way out.” So he keeps training,... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...room and threw Amat’s clothes into the shower, he almost gave up hockey altogether. But Fatima told him, “You might be playing with bears. But that doesn’t mean you have to... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Later, after Peter returns to his office, Fatima comes in to empty the trash cans. Peter is surprised to see her. He asks... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Fatima has never been to such a crowded hockey game. She’s only been to the more... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...Amat blushes and explains he wants to deal with the worst of the cleaning so Fatima doesn’t have to. Peter feels ashamed and fumbles for words to convey how proud he... (full context)
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Fatima happily sends Amat off to celebrate. As the popular kids begin streaming toward the victory... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Amat and Fatima are waiting at the bus stop. Tails drives by and offers them a ride to... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...up in an apartment block much like these, with a single mother. He knows about Fatima’s back trouble and says that he could arrange for her to see a good physiotherapist.... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...to join the team at the rink to show a united front for Kevin. Later, Fatima goes into Amat’s room. Amat shows her the business card Mr. Erdahl gave him. He... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Fatima drives Amat to Hed in a car she’s borrowed from Bobo’s parents. Amat goes inside... (full context)