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Anxious People - by Fredrik Backman

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"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"--



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Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

"[A] quirky, big-hearted novel...Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it's a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure." --People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

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.

Rich with Fredrik Backman's "pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope--the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.



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"A brilliant and comforting read." --Matt Haig, bestselling author of The Midnight Library

"Backman's latest novel hits the sweet spot between profoundly insightful and preposterously funny....I hugged this book tightly with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes." -USA Today

"The perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we're still all human beings worthy of connection and love." -NPR

"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." -The Skimm

"An endlessly entertaining mood booster." --Real Simple

"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." --Washington Post

"Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it's a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure." --People

"A deeply funny and warm examination of how individual experiences can bring a random group of people together. Backman reveals each character's many imperfections with tremendous empathy, reminding us that people are always more than the sum of their flaws." --BookPage

"Funny, compassionate and wise...an absolute joy." --AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs. Bird

"[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."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Backman's latest novel focuses on how a shared event can change the course of multiple people's lives even in times of deep and ongoing anxiousness. A story with both comedy and heartbreak sure to please Backman fans." --Kirkus Review

"[A] witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms." --Publishers Weekly



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 Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.5 Inch (W) x 1.2 Inch (D)
Weight: 1.15 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Fredrik Backman
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2020
TCIN: 79542504
UPC: 9781501160837
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-9848
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.3 out of 5 stars with 49 reviews
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9 recommendations

Superb

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Tamara - 6 months ago
Very well written. Its funny, witty and a real page turner. I've already gifted this book to three friends.
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BUY IT!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
switzcheese - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
TW: suicide, anxiety, depression. this is the best book i’ve read this year thus far. @backmansk is an incredible writer. not only can he tell an incredible, multi-layered story about multiple people but teaches so many lessons with an ample balance of humor and seriousness. favorite out-of-context quotes: “Because we’re doing the best we can, we really are.” “Nothing is easier for people who never do anything themselves than to criticize someone who actually makes an effort.” Bravo, honestly! Highly, highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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great read

5 out of 5 stars
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qip - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
loved it, the author’s sense of humor is very chill but immaculate. love!
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everyone should read this !!!

5 out of 5 stars
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osoceanss - 3 years ago
absolutely amazing writing !!!
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Loved.

5 out of 5 stars
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HabbinJabbins - 3 years ago
I loved this quirky, yet touching story.
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Lovely, poingnant, and amusing

4 out of 5 stars
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CVann - 3 years ago
Anxious People finds a lovely balance of funny, poignant, and bittersweet. I very much enjoyed the intertwining narratives and characters. Although the novel explores some traumatic experiences and difficult subject matter, it is ultimately uplifting and hopeful.
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best book to start 2021 with!

5 out of 5 stars
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Liz - 3 years ago
First official 2021 book rec: Anxious People by Frederick Bachman Seriously. This. Was. So. Good. It was the perfect 2021 read! Not to mention the plot centers between December 30th (the day I started it) and January 1st (the day I finished it). It's a love story (not a Romance, that's different!) and a story about second chances and compassion and idiots. All of this is told through the lens of a hostage situation. It's not a crime story, it's a people story. It is dark but hopeful, harsh but compassionate, it's literally about the second chance that we all get with this new year! If House in the Cerulean Sea was the perfect sweet 2020 read to bring you comfort and togetherness, Anxious People is the 2021 book that tells us to keep moving and show compassion. You. All. Need. To. Read. It.
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A 2020 treat

4 out of 5 stars
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MN - 3 years ago
Purchased as a fan of the author. While it isn’t my favorite work of his, I did purchase this second copy to give as a gift. For me this was a faster read than his other novels and while it was somewhat predictable it still delivered Backman’s typical beautiful reflections on the human condition. In retrospect, this bite sized Backman was welcome in this year of anxiety as a perfect diversion from our reality while still addressing the experience of anxiety in general.
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Good but not his best

3 out of 5 stars
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Liza - 4 years ago
Let me start by saying I am a huge Frederik Backman fan. That being said, this book was a good read however, the stories didn't come together as I would have liked. In the beginning it jumped around a little too much for my preference. Reminded me of Liane Moriarty's books however, her stories have a better flow and connection.
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