Read The Deal of a Lifetime Online Free - The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant holiday novella about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.
It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he’s taken a life but he won’t say whose—not yet.
One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. 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 the man tells his son about this plucky little girl, he slowly reveals more about himself: while he may be a successful businessman, idolized by the media and his peers, he knows he failed as a parent. Overwhelmed by the responsibility of fatherhood, he took the easy way out and left his wife and little boy twenty years ago to pursue professional success. Now he is left wondering if it’s too late to forge a relationship with his son, who seems to be his opposite in every way—prizing happiness over money, surrounded by loving friends in a cozy town where he feels right at home.
Face to face with the idea that something is missing, the man is given the unexpected chance to do something selfless that could change the destiny of the little girl in the hospital bed. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he needs to find out what his own life has actually been worth in the eyes of his son. And so, he seeks him out and tells him this story…
Written with Fredrik Backman’s signature humor, compassion, and “knack for weaving tales that are believable and fanciful” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our only legacy is how we share that gift with those we love.
|Title||:||The Deal of a Lifetime|
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October 30, 2017
PASS THE HANKIES PLEASE. 😭
"Hi. It's your dad. You'll be waking up soon, it's Christmas Eve morning in Helsingborg, and I've killed a person. That's not how fairy tales usually begin, I know. But I took a life. Does it make a difference if you know whose it was?"
What an opening! As a longterm rea...
November 06, 2017
3.5 Stars* (rounded down)
A short novella about the meaning of life, death and sacrifice by Fredrik Backman, one of my all-time favorite authors.
It is poignant, sincere and heartfelt. A quick, easy read. Enough said.
Published on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook on 11.6.17.
November 29, 2017
"Maybe you will find this to be a strange story, I don't know...Anyway, this is the story. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
Dear Mr. Backman,
I purchased and read all your books within a year. How could you take advantage of one of your most ardent fans, by cha...
November 29, 2017
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 because what else would I rate this?? I mean really.
My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at
I honestly don't think there is anyone that can make me cry like...
December 08, 2017
"A second is always a second, that’s the one definitive walue we have on earth. Everyone is always negotiating all of the time. You’re doing the deal of your life, every day. This was mine.”
When you’re used to being charmed by Backman’s characters, by his stories, this one is a bit dif...
November 13, 2017
Love.....Death.....Forgiveness. In THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME, a man looks back on his life....reflects on what he missed....what is truly important, and with the influence of a little girl decides to make a change.Just a short novella, but by Fredrik Backman.....always worth my while.
November 25, 2017
Not my favorite of Backman's work, honestly, but it was a sweet, quick read.
November 19, 2017
My Video Review:
Nov. 1, 2017: I read this one time through, but I can tell there's more to get out of it that I didn't pick up on. I'm rereading this today, and I'll rate it after an immediate reread.
Nov. 1, 2017 Reread #1: I definitely think I got a ton more out of t...
October 25, 2017
Not too much to say about this. A very short novella, with a warm ending and a poignant realization along the way. An adult fable, if you will, pictures and all. Nice heartwarming story and a quick read.
ARC from Edelweiss.
November 25, 2017
This is my first of his stories. It lived up to what I imagined although a very sad holiday story. I’ll post a full review on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks