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Campus Community Book Club Meets Online Dec. 9 for "The Deal of a Lifetime" by Fredrick Backman

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."—Anna Quindlen

As winter nears we find comfort in a good book and friends to share it with.

Join the Campus Community Book Club as we read Fredrick Backman's The Deal of a Lifetime.  Our book discussion will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, December 9th from noon to 1 p.m. To receive the link to join the meeting please register below or email This is a Wellness Center event.

Book Description:

A 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"

Pages: 65, includes illustrations

Genres: Holiday Fiction, Christmas Fiction, Short Fiction

This book is available through the Ramapo Catskill Library System in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook (order early!) and for sale at most online booksellers.

Marianne Sciucco
Wellness Center