Footprints

The Deal of a Lifetime is a new novella by Fredrik Backman. The unusual story requires a short amount of time to read, but took me a good while to contemplate.

Told in the first-person, a father with cancer meets a little girl in the hospital who is dying of cancer. This encounter leads him to reflect on his life as he contemplates making a deal with death.

The story made me sad. In some way it reminds me of It’s a Wonderful Life. It also brought my thoughts back to a time almost twenty years ago when I did a serious life review of my own in a hospital bed prior to having major surgery.

I wouldn’t recommend this as a “holiday” story; it most certainly is not light reading. What it is however, is another interesting story from the mind of one of my favorite authors. Be prepared to be amazed.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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