Two of my favorite books in 2017 Beartown and A Man Called Ove were written by Fredrik Backman and I loved both of them. They were both very different but I loved the writing in both so when I heard about a novella that he wrote, The Deal of a Lifetime, I quickly picked it up.
The Deal of a Lifetime is a very quick read. It’s about 65 pages but many pages have only a picture on them. I loved the pictures! They were simple yet felt important and added to what I was thinking. The story is about a man has spent his life thinking about himself and the legacy he will leave to the world. On Christmas Eve he is given a chance to change that legacy. I felt a theme going through the book was how as humans we can’t bear to die and be forgotten. Is all that we do for ourselves or really for others?
The Deal of a Lifetime has only made me more of a Fredrik Backman fan. I love the way he writes and I love the things he always leaves me thinking about. Just a reminder if you have read other books by Backman. This is a novella and so he is not able to do the great character development he does so well in his other books. While I loved this book I didn’t really know this character the way I know his other characters. But, I still really enjoyed it and it has left me thinking if the legacy I want to leave for me or for others.
I thought this was a great Christmas read. Do you like reading Christmas themed books around the holiday time? What are your favorites?