Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, #1 Indie Next Pick, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and extra! “[A] quirky, big-hearted novel… Wry, wise, and regularly laugh-out-loud funny, it’s an entirely original tale that delivers natural pleasure.” —People From the number 1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel approximately against the law that in no way took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into skinny air, and eight extremely stressful strangers who find they have greater in common than they ever imagined.Looking at actual property isn’t typically a life-or-loss of life situation, but an condo open house will become just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a set of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their personal marriage. There’s a rich financial institution director who has been too busy to care approximately every person else and a younger couple who are approximately to have their first child however can’t appear to agree on anything, from in which they want to stay to how they met in the first place. Add to the mixture an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of a person waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-prepared-to-make-a-deal real property agent, and a thriller man who has locked himself in the rental’s most effective bathroom, and you’ve were given the worst institution of hostages inside the world. Each of them consists of an entire life of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions which are equipped to boil over. None of them is totally who they seem to be. And all of them—the financial institution robber included—desperately crave some type of rescue. As the government and the media surround the premises those reluctant allies will reveal sudden truths approximately themselves and set in motion a series of occasions so surprising that even they can hardly explain what takes place next. Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-best communicate and an unparalleled expertise of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed tale about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that shop us, even inside the most disturbing times.


Fredrik Backman’s present for portraying the nuances of humanity is well known to his many unswerving fans. With Anxious People, Backman over again captures readers’ hearts and imaginations.

An armed, masked robber attempts to keep up a financial institution in a Swedish city. But because the thief approaches, the apathetic younger teller is unmoved. It’s a cashless bank, the teller says. Doesn’t the would-be robber recognise that? Well, no. The robber doesn’t. As police arrive, the robber rushes into the street, thru the nearest open door, up a fixed of stairs and into an apartment’s open house. When the capability shoppers and actual property agent see the thief, they count on they’re being held hostage.

Backman describes these events with a light touch, making clear early on that, although there’s against the law at the coronary heart of this story, his novel is much extra than this series of activities. Father and son law enforcement officials Jim and Jack try to apprehend how a bank robber slipped, unnoticed, from an apartment complete of humans. As the officials interrogate the witnesses, Backman famous glimpses of each character’s past.

Anxious People could moderately be called a mystery, but it’s additionally a deeply humorous and warm exam of how character reports can carry a random group of human beings together. Backman reveals every character’s many imperfections with wonderful empathy, reminding us that people are continually more than the sum in their flaws.


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