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.

About dianeledet

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