The Deal of a Lifetime

The Deal of a Lifetime

by Fredrik Backman


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In this short story enhanced with beautiful illustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away. 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 he talks about this plucky little girl, the father also reveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on a cold winter’s night, the father has been given an unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.

With humor and compassion, Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacy rests in how we share that gift with others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501193491
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 31,445
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @backmansk.

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The Deal of a Lifetime 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I would of known 60 pages wouldn't of spent $
justsomebody More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I loved "a Man called Ove" and "My grandmother said..." But this one I think he was drunk while writing it!! It makes no sence and is only a few pages = totally NOT worth the money or even if it was free.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Deal of a Lifetime is a novella by Swedish author and blogger, Fredrik Backman. A forty-five-year-old father writes his twenty-year-old son a letter on Christmas Eve. In it, this ruthless businessman ponders the value of one life over another, and details how poor a job of fathering he has done. Now, he is dying of terminal cancer; or maybe he’s dying in a traffic accident; that isn’t entirely clear. He’s not the only one facing death: the owner of a toy rabbit called Babbit, a sweet five-year-old girl, has cancer too. Backman’s Grim Reaper is a woman in a grey sweater with a folder. The father sees the opportunity to make the deal of a lifetime, but there’s a catch. A moving tale that’s bound to leave a lump in the throat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't stop reading this book . I'm enjoying all of his books. Each book is so different and so real with the characters he brings to life in each their own special way.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Fredrik Backman begins his story, The Deal of a Lifetime, with a shocking statement that not only hooks the reader but also sets the foreboding tone of the story. Looking at the cover, one might guess this is a holiday story; however, the only thing related to Christmas/holidays is the time frame in which the story is set. This dark and somber read is a long short story. A cancer-ridden chain smoker, a child with cancer, a grim reaper clothed in a frumpy grey sweater are the main focus of the story which is told as a letter from the narrator to his adult son. The narrator has had a highly successful life. He achieved his goals, but does he regret any of the “roads not taken” in making his dreams a reality? Mr. Backman doesn’t answer that question directly, but he does give his main character enough humanity to reflect upon the ramifications of the choices he made and to finally accept his son’s decisions. “You were always someone who could be happy. You don’t know how much of a blessing that is. Not uplifting like A Wonderful Life, but The Deal of a Lifetime does explore the ripple effects of one’s life in a thought-provoking way. What is the value of our achievements? Will anyone be negatively impacted by our not having existed? This wasn’t a tearjerker read for me, but it did leave me feeling forlorn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take the time to read this short story, then sit still and quiet and let its contents sink in...then inhale life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life, love, death and the footprints left behind ( or not). Beautiful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A small taste of the perfection of Backman's artistry with words and his unique gift of changing your perspective on a character and giving you not-the-story-you-expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of socks you in the gut. It ends so abruptly, but that's the whole point of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago