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Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

Title: The Deal of a Lifetime

Author: Fredrik Backman

Published: 2017

Genre: General Fiction

Grade Level: Adult

-Movie Rating: PG-13



Narrated by: Santino Fontana

Length: 47min

Recommend: Yes


Blurb (from goodreads):

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.

My Scores:

Writing Style: Top Notch

Characters: Absolutely Amazing

This is Backman we’re talking about, of course his characters are amazing! They're unexpected, believable, complex, and so incredibly realistic.


Plot: Absolute Page-Tuner

In the author’s note Backman said it might be strange, and he was right, it was definitely a strange work for me to try to digest. Not in a bad way, but more in a challenging way.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the piece, I had a hard time trying to analyze it, but I think it was meant to leave a person thinking.


Overall: Obsessed

This is not your average Christmas story, it’s really something quite out-of-the-box. There’s no telling what you’ll make of it until you’ve read it.

One thing I know for sure is that this novella is meant to start worthwhile conversations about life, death, and legacy.


Messaging: I think there’s too much room for interpretation to say for sure.

Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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