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‘Beartown’ talk at the Wells library

WELLS — The Virginia Hosley Free Library, 1438 Route 30, will hold a book discussion of “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman. The discussion will take place on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the library.

Beartown is a tiny community nestled deep in the forest. Down by the lake there is an old ice rink built generations ago by the workingmen who founded this town. The junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

This story is more than youth sports; it’s part a coming-of-age novel, part a study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction. “Beartown” explores the hopes that bring a community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.

Copies of the book are available for check-out at the Virginia Hosley Free Library, which is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon.

For more information, please call Alice Megargle at (518) 924-2220.

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