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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

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Book Title: Anxious  People

Author: Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Atria Books

Format: Hardcover


Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group 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 own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place.

Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s  only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be.

And all of them — the bank robber included — desperately crave some sort of rescue.

As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next…

Additional information

Weight .50 kg
Dimensions 23.11 × 15.49 × 3.30 cm


    Washington Post
    November 10, 2020
    Backman again captures the messy essence of being human...It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry.
    USA Today
    November 10, 2020
    Backman is a master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives...[He] writes so humorously and poignantly about life, marriage, parenthood, love and death, prepare to be taken hostage by a stand-up philosopher/novelist who reminds us we are all 'idiots' because being human is 'idiotically difficult.
    Real Simple
    November 10, 2020
    An endlessly entertaining mood booster.
    November 10, 2020
    Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it's a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.
    Publishers Weekly
    November 10, 2020
    [A] witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms.
    Library Journal
    November 10, 2020
    [A] tight-knit, surprise-filled narrative... the brisk, absorbing action prompts meditation on marriage, parenting, responsibility, and global economic pressures. Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers. Highly recommended.
    The Skimm
    November 10, 2020
    This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you.
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