To continue my Fredrik Backman stint I grabbed his newest work, a Christmas novella called The Deal of a Lifetime. It’s a short story about a father talking to his son on Christmas eve. After meeting a young girl dying of cancer, the father reflects on his life – his triumphs and mistakes, joys and regrets – and considers his future. Backman asks the question what and who would you give your life for? It’s a very quick read; I read it in one sitting, maybe about forty-five minutes. Backman, as usual, delivers a sweet, tender story that evokes many emotions in the reader, even in such a short form. I expected something marketed as a Christmas story to be a bit more happy, but regardless it is an endearing tale of reflection, longing, and second chances.