The Deal of a Lifetime (Hardcover)

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It’s Christmas Eve when a father, diagnosed with cancer, reflects on his life and regrets the time he has spent working to “get ahead” instead of spending important moments with his son. He is rich, and obsessed with leaving a legacy, but is he happy? Has he made a difference in anyone’s life? In the hospital room next to this father is a five year old girl, dying of cancer. His encounters with this brave, young girl pushes his thinking, until he makes “a deal of a lifetime.” This short novella by the author of A Man Called Ove, is packed full of insights about life and death. If you want “food for thought” then you’ll love this story!

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— From December Staff Picks For Everyone This Holiday Season


In this short story enhanced with beautiful illustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late. He tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away. 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 he talks about this plucky little girl, the father also reveals more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on a cold winter’s night, the father has been given an unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal that answer.

With humor and compassion, Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacy rests in how we share that gift with others.

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, as well as one work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know About the World. His books are published in more than forty countries. His latest novel is Anxious People. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Twitter @BackmanLand or on Instagram @Backmansk.

Praise For…

“The book is illustrated, it’s sentimental, it has a whiff of “It’s a Wonderful Life” about it. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer.” 
— Star Tribune (Minnesota)

"Sweet, sad, but in-no-way-sappy novella."
— Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501193491
ISBN-10: 150119349X
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English