Title: Anxious People

Author: Fredrik Backman

Release date: September 8, 2020

Series: Standalone

Pages: 352

 Rating: SIX STARS


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.


Anxious People is my first book read by Fredrik Backman and I  can say that will not be the last.  I loved everything about this beautiful story and Anxious People will be on my top ten of the year 2020. I loved this book for so many reasons but the most important reason is that this book is about being human.

“This story is about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

Anxious People is about a bank robber who wanted to rob a cashless bank but he ended in an apartment with eight people who become his hostages. We get to know the story of these eight hostages and their life and we learned why the bank robber wanted to rob a bank. I loved these characters and I want to have these kinds of people in my life. They are really amazing human beings and you can learn from them how to be a better person.

“We can’t change the world, and a lot of the time we can’t even change people. No more than one bit at a time. So we do what we can to help whenever we get the chance, sweetheart. We save those we can. We do our best. Then we try to find a way to convince ourselves that that will just have to… be enough. So we can live with our failures without drowning.”

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is about life, marriage, suicide, mistakes, guilt, and love. I dare you to not love this wonderful story and these characters. Anxious people is about idiots but it’s also about beautiful people. For this kind of books, I continued to read and to love reading. I’m so happy that I read this book and I recommend to everyone this book. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is funny, inspirational, complex, and memorable.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”



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About the author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, his first work of non-fiction, will be released in the US in May 2019. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. 

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