If you have never read a book written by Fredrik Backman then you should go check one out now! This Swedish author has taken America by surprise with his simple but deeply emotional characters. A Man Called Ove is about a grumpy old man. But through Backman’s writing style, you come to love the grumpy old man and he is so much more than what he shows on the outside. Beartown might look like a small town but it will be worth the wait to find out what is hidden just out of our sight.
I Refuse by Per Petterson introduces two men who use to be close friends but circumstances has divided them. A chance meeting reveals more under the surface. John Grisham is also known for his well-developed characters. A former American football star joins a small town football team in Italy in Playing for Pizza.
Focusing more on the community, The Good House by Ann Leary is set in a small town near Boston. While everything seems like a beautiful New England town, there are plenty of secrets just around the corner. If you would prefer a true story of a small town with big dreams try Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. You will be rooting for the Home Team too.
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