Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 380 Ratings


Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, #1 Indie Next Pick, 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.


  • A funny book; a deep lake, bring sunscreen!

    By LizSweetwater
    At first I enjoyed his take on being human. Then I disliked some of the people. And I was curious. Why? Why? Why? Then I liked some if the people. Then I felt worried about some of the people. Now I miss all the people.
  • Just read

    By MakiahsDad
    Just had a great experience reading this. So much truth wrapped up in a funny, sad deep and meaningful story. Highly recommend but warning I had to read to it straight through. Could not stop!
  • Anxious People by Fredrik Blackman

    By BookLover1963
    I am 56 years old and an avid reader of many different types of genres. I have NEVER written a review on anything..... nor have I ever rated any book I have read. That changed today, upon completion of this BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN READ. This is the most amazing, heartfelt, thought provoking book I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. The book is about life. A very, very true account of life. About, love, hate, anger, jealousy, heartbreak, guilt and every other emotion we, as humans, go through on a daily basis. This is a story of human day to day life, and the struggles and demons we all face. Bravo to the writer, whom, in my opinion.... taps into so many different emotions. I cannot even begin to count all the quotes I have highlighted in this read. This book will be highly recommended to every reader that I know. Devour it...... and let it touch you, the way it has me. 10+ stars if allowed!!!
  • Literally the best novel I’ve ever read

    By LaLaw0821
    This book made me feel things I haven’t felt in a long time. If you’re a person going through a hard time, this book is for you. Can’t thank the author enough for writing something this great. Entertaining, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. A truly great story. Poetry for people who dislike poetry. Lovable characters, TRULY GREAT, and an absolute classic. I’ll absolutely be reading every one of Backman’s novels after this.