Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrick Backman


Title: Anxious People

By: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 352

Release Date: September 8th, 2020

Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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 up their own marriage. There's a wealthy banker who has been too busy making money 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 a motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Humorous, compassionate, and wise, 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 of times.


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I'm on a roll with the 5 star reviews this week. So many good reads.

I have to admit though, this book didn't start off very interesting. I remember thinking to myself, these are some weird characters and I'm not sure how they all fit together, but as I kept reading, the story really unfolded and the connections came to light. All the characters could be traced back to a single event of a tragic suicided, years earlier.

The way the author worked through the multiple storylines and brought the whole thing together was genius. I was so sucked into the story by the end.

This was a great read.

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