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Anxious People

Anxious People

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 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, 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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio


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Oct 17, 2020

I believe Fredrik Backman is one of the most extraordinary authors writing today. He combines poignancy and humor in a way that is far too rare in modern literature. One minute you are laughing at a man in a rabbit's head and the next you are crying because of a suicide. I cannot recommend a book and author more highly. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeChristineS Sep 23, 2020

A thoroughly engaging, character driven story that I didn't want to end. The story was interesting and getting to know the cast of characters was incredibly enjoyable. This would be a great, cozy, snow day read/listen. I highly recommend if your looking for something light but still somewhat meaty.

Sep 18, 2020

I enjoyed this book a lot. Very cleverly & intricately plotted. I don't know how it could have been handled differently, but there was too much wrapping up after the climax. I kept thinking we were at the end, and the narrator would call out another chapter number.


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