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Fredrik Backman

Us Against You

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    Suddenly everyone with power and money in Beartown chose a different strategy: they stopped admitting that they had ever been friends of the Erdahl family.
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    greater the mistake and the worse the consequences, the more pride we stand to lose if we back down.
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    many of our worst deeds are the result of our never wanting to admit that we’re wrong.
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    because the lie has one unbeatable advantage: the truth always has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.
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    that people will always choose a simple lie over a complicated truth,
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    A witness came forward, a boy the same age as Maya who had been in the house when it had happened. But that didn’t make any difference. The police did nothing, the town kept quiet, the adults did nothing to help Maya
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    They threw stones with the word BITCH painted on them through his sister’s window, they bullied her at school, they called a meeting at the rink and tried to get her and Leo’s dad fired as general manager of Beartown Ice Hockey.
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    couple of months ago, Leo’s older sister, Maya, was raped by Kevin, but the police were unable to prove anything, so Kevin got off
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    twelve-year-old boy in sunglasses. His name is Leo Andersson
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    want to focus on . . . Hed Hockey. It would be in everyone’s best interests, yours included, if you could just accept that. Bearing in mind the . . . situation.”
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    days before the Midsummer holiday, three weeks after Kevin and his family left town. They changed history when they did that:
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    Beartown had lost, and the referee had glanced up toward the infamous standing area in the arena reserved for “the Pack,” which was always full of men in black jackets singing at deafening volume or bellowing in a terrifying manner. But on that occasion they hadn’t raised their voices. The Pack had just stood there, completely silent.
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    Responsible hunters, competent anglers, people as tough as the forest and as unyielding as the ice, neighbors who help anyone in need.
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    Andersson is sitting in her car on her way to the office when her phone rings.
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    men are sitting in a row. They’re said to be in their seventies but could easily be double that. There are five of them, but they have at least eight opinions, and they’re known as the “five uncles” because they always stand by the boards and lie and argue at all the practices at Beartown Ice Hockey Club.
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    People we love will die. We will bury our children beneath our most beautiful trees.
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    can be hard, but they grin and say, “It’s supposed to be hard.” Beartown is known for that. But . . . well. The town is also known for other things.
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    When she tosses the phone onto the passenger seat, the background picture of her daughter, Maya, and son, Leo, glows briefly before the screen goes dark.
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    The worst thing we know about other people is that we’re dependent upon them. That their actions affect our lives. Not just the people we choose, the people we like, but all the rest of them: the idiots. You who stand in front of us in every line, who can’t drive properly, who like bad television shows and talk too loud in restaurants and whose kids infect our kids with the winter vomiting bug at preschool. You who park badly and steal our jobs and vote for the wrong party. You also influence our lives, every second.
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    you think it’s possible to become a different person?”

    She shakes her head, biting her bottom lip, and blinks so hard she can’t see the road in front of her. “No. But it’s possible to become a better person.
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