Anxious PeopleFredrik Backman

Anxious People

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman Book Summary

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.

Anxious People (Fredrik Backman) Book Reviews

Everyone should read thisWhat a fantastic reminder that we are all humans doing the best we can with what we have. Makes you want to stop and learn people’s stories..Score: 5/5

The first book to bring tears in yearsWe all need this book right now.Score: 5/5

Touching One-Liners again and again!There are so many sweet excerpts from this work to keep on post-its where we’d see them every day. Maybe then we could live a more harmonious existence. This is a story about idiots. We are all idiots, and we really could afford to cut each other a little slack on the matter..Score: 4/5

ProfoundA bit of a slow start, but I’m so happy I stuck with it. I found myself laughing and crying all the way through. So many highlights of profound quotes. Especially meaningful to anyone who has been affected by suicide..Score: 5/5

Absolutely Beautiful storyBrilliant author. Beautiful story. Funny, quirky, heartfelt and compassionate - I’m still trying to figure out how Blackman pulled this off. This is one I will never forget..Score: 5/5

Anxious PeopleThere is just so much truth here, and it shows how we are all connected even though we don’t realize it, or if if we think we don’t want to be connected. Everyone really does need to be- connected that is- to someone..Score: 5/5

Absolutely loved this.I laughed, I related, I scratched my head, and I cried. I purchased this book not really knowing what I was going to get into. It was the new year, and in my new year slump/depression I told myself I was going to read more. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and that NEVER happens to me. Give this book a read. I didn’t mind the story order as much as some other reviews have mentioned. I found the way the story is told is like how a tv show is written. I want to go tell my friends and family about this book..Score: 5/5

LovelyThis books is delightful.Score: 5/5

Anxious peopleWonderfully crazy story!!!.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis is legitimately the best, most touching, most hilarious book I’ve read as an adult. I laughed and cried and want to live better after reading it (not a hyperbole)..Score: 5/5

Worth the journey.As with “A Man Called Ove”, the story begins slow but stick with it. In the end, it’s was so worth the read. I loved this story..Score: 3/5

Soulful, truthful, simply amazing writing♥️♥️♥️.Score: 5/5

Anxious PeopleThe story started off slow as the author revealed the quirky characters. As they developed, the connected emotions and general goodness in people’s hearts became the primary theme woven around an interesting getaway story. Clever story, interesting characters and beautifully written..Score: 4/5

I laughed, cried, and lived it!Beautifully written book! Lessons, laughter, and the power of love! Thank you!.Score: 5/5

A real page turner!Fast read, loved the character connections..Score: 5/5

My fave author does it againRead this! And all this author’s books!.Score: 5/5

As predicted…Quirky funny. I began to join the characters in empathizing with the thief… when I wasn’t laughing..Score: 5/5

Anxious People by Fredrik BackmanStumbled upon this book and it is brilliant! The characters are complex, unique, witty, and lovable idiots (he uses “idiots” a lot throughout the book). The author intertwines the characters lives in a way that is new and fresh, with humor about a serious subject. Tremendous read. Love the way Backman tells a story..Score: 5/5

Touching Story, Lovely CharactersI picked up this book for the mystery and stayed for the story. The writing style/voice takes a moment to get used to but once you’re into it you can’t bear to stop reading. I fell in love with every character, and even more so with the relationships between them. The author does a great job revealing little things along the way that all come together to form a bigger picture about life and love and all of the dumb things we do with good intentions. Satisfying ending that brought tears to my eyes - I’m so happy I read this book :).Score: 5/5

Couldn’t get through itThe way in which the story was told was unusual and clever, but I got tired of it and impatient to simply read the story. I’m sure the author brought it all together in the end, like he did with Ove, but I’ll never know..Score: 2/5

Wanted to enjoy it moreI went into this book wanting to enjoy it more than i did. really i did love the individual character developments, especially Zara with her therapist. but i found it hard to take serious, in the way that no one would talk to police like that, when they are just trying to ask questions about the situation.? it made me so mad because why is every character rude (besides Estelle) and sharing weird personal details with a police officer like that? I know it becomes kind of reveled/slightly part of the plot but it’s just not realistic and could have been handled in such a different way. also the way the gender of the bank robber kept changing made it confusing to follow. i understand why the author did this, to make it more hard to predict, but it just ended up being more weird and hard to follow to me. I think this book has some amazing insights that are illustrated in such a beautiful way, but to me, these two things become overpowering in annoyance when trying to follow the plot..Score: 3/5

Anxious PeopleRead to the end! It makes it all worth your time..Score: 4/5

AmazingThis book had me deep in my emotions. The characters were so well developed anyone could connect. A must read for all..Score: 5/5

Simple but complexStarts out simple. But soon the story and characters are surprising and complex. Excellent book..Score: 5/5

AmazingRead it over several days- the second half in one long stretch A story- with funny characters and you can’t help but like them.Score: 5/5

Quirky, Funny, MovingReading this book I laughed a lot, and cried a little at the end. I just loved this book!.Score: 5/5

Loved itI truly enjoyed reading this book. The twist and turns kept me engaged and thinking about my own life. Definitely a must read..Score: 5/5

Comically touching and thrillingly heartfeltFinished this in a weekend and was rather touched by the end. Backman does an intriguing job at developing characters, although it did take me a few chapters to settle into his humor. The mystery of it all added an exciting layer of narrative to the story. As someone that watches more movies than reads books, this novel was pretty cinematic..Score: 5/5

Yet another surprise wonderThis is the third of Backman’s books I’ve read and I always am so pleasantly surprised with his underlying love of humanity in the most simplistic ways. His story telling leads to many revelations and secrets that unfold throughout and I just adore his story telling. The story might start out slow or dry, but it’s so worth finishing his books because they make you a better human. And that’s what his stories are all about, being a human in a large and complicated world, and finding the pure love and joy in some of the smallest things..Score: 5/5

Anxious PeopleGreat read, full of surprises and truths!.Score: 4/5

Best Book This YearAbsolutely perfect read. Made me laugh. Made me cry. And makes me think we’re all anxious people trying to do the best we can. I LOVE this writer🥰.Score: 5/5

Touching and funny at the same timeDon’t let the beginning trick you. It’s a book with so many wonderful quotes, so in the present, profound, sad, but not sad, and yet you end up with so much hope in human kind, in love in family.Score: 5/5

Wonderful WritingThe beginning of this book is a combination of Abbott and Costello (“Who’s on first”), The Three Stooges, Six Degrees of Separation,and Saturday Night Live. Then it flows into one of the most meaningful stories you’ll ever read. What great characters!.Score: 5/5

I’m here, too.This book left me in tears. Of sadness. Or happiness, I cannot tell which..Score: 5/5

Five out of five starsAmazing!!!!!!!!! I loved it!!!!.Score: 5/5

They are all goodJust pick one of his books and read it. They are all good..Score: 5/5

Best bookThe smart writer can write this.Score: 5/5

Do recommendFirst time reading in a very long time, plenty of good twists and relatable writing. I was able to guess some plot lines but very cute book..Score: 4/5

So touchingThis book touched me in so many ways. It is one of my most favorites and I will recommend it!!.Score: 5/5

Anxious People - loved themLove this. One of my new favorite authors..Score: 5/5

Such a wonderful readIt captures the highs and lows of life so eloquently and in ways and through stories that makes it easier to connect to. I loved it.Score: 5/5

Just Amazing.One of the best books ever from one of the best authors ever. You really nailed so many feelings..Score: 5/5

Didn’t like itTerrible. So long winded and boring.Score: 1/5

Lovely tangled taleIt took longer to love this story and to untangle it than it did Ove, but in the end, once I’d turned the last page, it felt just a sweetly sad and delightful..Score: 5/5

Good readI really enjoyed this book. I felt it was a little slow to get into it but I’m glad I read it. Loved the ending and all the connections.Score: 4/5

UpliftingThis was the story I needed to restore my faith in us humans and our communities. It’s a fun story about how we’re all connected to one another and that we are all trying our best with our small brains and big hearts..Score: 5/5

Thought provokingSomehow turns the most depressing topics into comedy without minimizing the seriousness of the topic. Loved this novel..Score: 5/5

Im not crying you’re cryingI cannot explain why this book, on a random summer day, affected me the way it did. I identified with something on every single page. It cracked me up and made me sad. It also made me nod my head in agreement and feel hopeful. I don’t know what else you could want from a book..Score: 5/5

BrilliantI laughed so hard I cried and cried so hard while laughing I couldn’t see to read. Heart warming and zainy intertaining. Thank you Fredrik Backman for another book that I still laugh about long after I’ve put it down..Score: 5/5

Beautiful.What a beautiful story. I wept so openly my friends were concerned on our flight. It is a tremendous story that winds together so beautifully. I loved this book..Score: 5/5

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