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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 because what else would I rate this?? I mean really.
I honestly don’t think there is anyone that can make me cry like Fredrik Backman can. This teeny tiny 65 page novella gave me ALL the feels. I love his short stories with their beautiful illustrations and the gut wrenching “lessons”. Backman is by far one of my favorite authors and I will read anything this man writes.
There isn’t much else that I have to say about this short story except it is beautiful, moving, super fast to read, and you should totally read it. Especially if you are an avid fan of Backman like I am. I have loved everything he has written that I’ve read so far. I just can’t sing his praises enough!!
Ok sorry, I’m done now. This is just a beautiful (short) book though, and the ending just killed me.