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Anxious People

Anxious People

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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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 , N ew 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]:, Atria Books,, 2020.
ISBN: 9781501160851
Branch Call Number: eBook CloudLibrary
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Cidherman
Apr 03, 2021

As much as I enjoyed the writing style and clever dialogue in ANXIOUS PEOPLE, I did not really enjoy the book. The reason for that is the plot, or rather lack of plot.

Anxious people introduces a host of characters, who are strangers to each other, meeting for the first time at an open house for the sale of an apartment. After unexpectedly being held hostage they begin getting to know each other, despite their varied ages and backgrounds. This is all very pleasant and interesting but does not add up to a cohesive story or give us more than a superficial relationship with the large cast of characters.

The writing did make me laugh out loud at times, but the story itself felt superficial and shallow.

Good writing but light on plot.

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becker
Oct 26, 2020

I like the way Fredrik Backman has such a distinct style but still manages to add a new flavour to it with each book he does. There was a lot going on in this book and I fell in and out of love with it a few times while I was reading it. There were moments that I thought he lost control of the plot but he always managed to pull it together again and by the end I knew that he knew exactly what he was doing the whole time. There are some good characters in the book and plenty of great dialogue and in true Backman style, he manages to make things funny and profound at the same time. Despite my ups and downs, this ended up being a really satisfying read for me. It was very immersive and by the end, I felt like I had been through an ordeal. I like that in a book.

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lisser
Oct 20, 2020

I really liked this book, I think I have enjoyed all of his books so far. It was easy reading, it flowed well, the plot and the ending were original. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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