Fredrik Backman

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Bears are a multifaceted symbol in Beartown. On the one hand, they represent the small, hardscrabble town’s resilience and determination despite a declining economy. Because hockey is the town’s pride and joy, young players…

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Cherry Blossoms

The smell of cherry blossoms symbolizes the surprising emergence of rare talent. Veteran hockey coach Sune claims he can smell cherry blossoms—a scent one would not normally expect in the midst of a Swedish winter—the…

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