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The deal of a lifetime : a novella  Cover Image Book Book

The deal of a lifetime : a novella / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Alice Menzies.

Backman, Fredrik, 1981- (author.). Menzies, Alice, (translator.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501193491
  • ISBN: 150119349X
  • Physical Description: 65 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017.

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Summary, etc.:
"Holiday novella about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path. It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn't your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he's taken a life but he won't say whose--not yet. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She's a smart kid--smart enough to know that she won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it. As the man tells his son about this plucky little girl, he slowly reveals more about himself: while he may be a successful businessman, idolized by the media and his peers, he knows he failed as a parent. Overwhelmed by the responsibility of fatherhood, he took the easy way out and left his wife and little boy twenty years ago to pursue professional success. Now he is left wondering if it's too late to forge a relationship with his son, who seems to be his opposite in every way--prizing happiness over money, surrounded by loving friends in a cozy town where he feels right at home. Face to face with the idea that something is missing, the man is given the unexpected chance to do something selfless that could change the destiny of the little girl in the hospital bed. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he needs to find out what his own life has actually been worth in the eyes of his son. And so, he seeks him out and tells him this story"-- Provided by publisher.
It's Christmas Even morning. Years ago a man abandoned his son to pursue professional success; now he wonders if it's too late to forge a relationship with him. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. When the man is given the chance to do something selfless that could change the destiny of the little girl in the hospital bed, he needs to find out what his own life has actually been worth in the eyes of his son before he makes the deal of a lifetime.
Subject: Self-actualization (Psychology) > Fiction.
Fatherhood > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / General.
FICTION / Literary.
Christmas stories.
FICTION / General.
Genre: Christmas stories.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.

Holds

  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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Burlington Public Library F BACKMAN 39851001423806 Adult Fiction Available -


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