Beartown

Kira Andersson Character Analysis

Kira is Peter’s wife and the mother of Isak, Maya, and Leo. Kira has a forceful personality and is a fighter, both at her law practice and on behalf of her children. She balances out her more reserved and retiring husband and is fiercely devoted to him. Though she loves being an attorney, she struggles with guilt while away from her children and often feels like a fake as a parent. Ever since Isak’s death, she is obsessed with protecting her children and lately suffers from panic attacks. Maya describes Kira as a “wolf mother,” and Kira almost runs down some teenagers with her car after they throw a rock in Maya’s window.

Kira Andersson Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Kira Andersson or refer to Kira Andersson. 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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Chapter 14 Quotes

When the kids were little she saw so many other parents lose control in the stands at the rink, and she couldn’t understand them, but now she does. The children’s hobbies aren’t only the children’s hobbies— the parents put just as many hours into them, year after year, sacrificing so much, paying out such huge amounts of money, that their significance eats its way even into adult brains. They start to symbolize other things, compensating for or reinforcing the parents’ own failures. Kira knows it sounds silly; she knows it’s just a silly game in a silly sport, but deep down she’s nervous too, as well as feeling nervous on behalf of Peter and the juniors and the club and the town today. Deep down she could also do with winning at something.

Related Characters: Peter Andersson, Kira Andersson
Page Number: 110
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Chapter 30 Quotes

Even then, in the police station in Hed, she knew she would survive this. Even then she knew that her mom and dad wouldn’t. Parents don’t heal. […] There will be days when Maya is asked if she really understood the consequences, and she will nod yes, and of all the feelings inside her then, guilt will be the greatest. Because of the unimaginable cruelty she showed toward the people who loved her the most.

They sat there in the police station. She told them everything. And she could see in her parents’ eyes how the story made the same terrible sentence echo through them, over and over again. The one every mom and every dad deep down most fear having to admit:

“We can’t protect our children.”

Page Number: 236
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Kira Andersson Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Kira Andersson appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...ready for work. He’s barely slept, and he’s been sick twice. He knows his wife, Kira, doesn’t fully understand why grown men get so worked up about hockey. He’s tried to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...that as GM, it’s Peter’s role to pull together all the hockey club’s stakeholders. To Kira, Peter explained that his job is to “make sure no one catches on fire” from... (full context)
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...wife probably has a more important meeting than him, and that maybe they should hire Kira instead—stilettos suit a GM better than slippers. They all laugh. (full context)
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...she’s spent the night again. Peter tries to look pleased about this while shouting for Kira again. Kira, meanwhile, moves through the house much more calmly and gracefully. She urges Maya... (full context)
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When Kira finally appears in the kitchen, Peter desperately asks her about the car keys. Kira explains... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...he will make it to watch him train today. Peter says he’ll try, but that Kira definitely will. “Mom’s always there,” Leo replies, and it feels like an accusation to Peter.... (full context)
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Kira is driving away from Beartown, on her way to work. She knows she isn’t the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Kira still counts her family members while they’re sleeping. Her own mother had done the same.... (full context)
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Kira constantly feels like a bad mother. No matter how many times she hears them, she... (full context)
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As Kira gets to her office and looks at the framed photos of her family, she remembers... (full context)
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...gone to the NHL instead of Peter. After his hockey career had failed in Canada, Kira had helped him see that the children were his “team” now. So he’d gotten a... (full context)
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Peter remembers the night he met Kira. After they’d won silver, the team had gone out to dinner at a small, family-run... (full context)
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Kira remembers how their family had collapsed after their eldest son, Isak, got sick and died.... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Kira feels that everything in her life is a compromise. She used to dream of a... (full context)
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Kira gets swept into meeting after meeting, then a series of texts and calls from her... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Kira knows that sometimes she makes Peter feel browbeaten, because she calls him so many times... (full context)
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Kira recalls a terrible snowstorm that hit when they hadn’t been living in Beartown for very... (full context)
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While Peter was injured in Canada and Kira was at work, Peter found himself home alone with a sickly Isak one day. None... (full context)
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That long-ago snowy day, Kira kept calling Peter. Uncharacteristically, he didn’t answer. Panicked about the weather, she sped home from... (full context)
Chapter 14
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At home, Kira feels tightness in her chest—panic attacks. She stopped seeing her psychologist after that diagnosis, feeling... (full context)
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Kira thinks about the demands of game day—all the rides she’ll have to give throughout the... (full context)
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Kira checks on Maya and is surprised to find that her forehead feels hot. Later that... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Ana and Maya are in the rink cafeteria, helping Kira prepare food for the hockey crowd. Ana keeps teasing Maya about Kevin, since Maya is... (full context)
Chapter 16
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As Kira looks down at the ice, she thinks about the happiest time in her life—when Peter... (full context)
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...the pieces of a broken bottle on the ground. Fatima silently starts to stoop, when Kira interjects, explaining that Fatima isn’t working today. When Maggan asks why, Fatima straightens up and... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Later, Peter and Kira will hate themselves for waking up happy the next morning. They think Maya spent the... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Kira fears something is the matter with Maya, but she’s trying to be “the cool mom”... (full context)
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...for him during the summer months, in order to get by financially as a club. Kira has told Peter that the club has “an unpleasant culture of silence,” but Peter believes... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...isn’t right with Maya. Yet he can’t bring himself to knock on her door. Meanwhile, Kira grocery shops and looks forward to a whole weekend alone with Maya. Her love for... (full context)
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Kira gets home from her errands as Peter and Leo are getting into the other car... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Kira shouts and makes phone calls, while Peter holds Maya’s hand and feels powerless. Having grown... (full context)
Chapter 31
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In the hospital, Maya calmly undergoes all the required examinations. Kira, meanwhile, is at her wits’ end, calling everyone at her legal practice. On the team... (full context)
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...him that he needs to talk to Leo, too, who must be scared. Peter and Kira are horrified to realize that Maya is the only one who’s thought of Leo at... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Kira and Peter are sitting on the front steps of their house. The feeling of distance... (full context)
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Kira kisses Ana, who’s crying and ashamed over the shattered computer. She explains to Ana that... (full context)
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Back at home, Peter and Kira cry together, unable to figure out how to help Maya through this, suspecting that she’s... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Kira tries to talk Maya out of going to school on Monday morning. Maya explains that... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...could exist in a bubble, untouched by the outside world. He remembers a time when Kira criticized him for believing that the police shouldn’t be involved in an off-ice scuffle between... (full context)
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Kira is in warrior mode at the office, researching sexual assault cases, but when Maya texts... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Kira takes the garbage out, a chore that used to be Maya’s, but it’s different now.... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Peter comes home from the grocery store and hugs Kira, promising her that he can get a job anywhere—she moved here for him, so he’ll... (full context)
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...get justice. Maya asks if they can go out to the garage and play Nirvana. Kira sits at the kitchen table, playing cards with Leo and listening as Maya plays her... (full context)
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...which has BITCH written on it in red letters. Before Maya or Peter can react, Kira has run out to the Volvo. Four young teens are walking down the street. Kira’s... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...and Kevin both give the Hed police their testimonies that day. Later, in her office, Kira gets the news that the investigation is being closed for lack of evidence. When Kira... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Kira comes into the Bearskin to ask Ramona a question. She thanks her for convincing The... (full context)