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Us Against You

Us Against You, by Fredrik Backman

50/60 | Started 10.27.23 • Finished 11.17.23 | 4 stars

The second book in the Beartown series. To be quite frank, I started the third book right after finishing this one, and before I wrote any kind of review of this one, so I'm not quite sure where one story ends and the other begins. That being said - I really enjoy Backman's writing. He is great with characters and dialogue and overall structure.

Sometimes people have to be allowed to have something to live for in order to survive everything else.

Our spontaneous reactions are rarely our proudest moments. It’s said that a person’s first thought is the most honest, but that often isn’t true. It’s often just the most stupid. Why else would we have afterthoughts?

There are many beautiful trees in Beartown. We sometimes say that’s because a new one grows every time we bury someone. That’s why the births are listed alongside the deaths in the local paper, so we never run out of either trees or people. It doesn’t matter. We don’t want a new tree. Another person. We just want this one back.

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