The Deal of a Lifetime

November 1, 2020
The Deal of a Lifetime

In this short story enhanced with beautifulillustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Oveand Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant taleabout finding out what is truly important in life.A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time inyears. The father has a story to share before it's too late. Hetells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospitalbed a few miles away. She's a smart kid—smart enough to know thatshe won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seemsto make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.As he talks about this plucky little girl, the father alsoreveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failuresas a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.Now, on a cold winter's night, the father has been given anunexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change thedestiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can makethe deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life hasactually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.With humor and compassion, Fredrik Backman's The Deal of aLifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and ourlegacy rests in how we share that gift with others.