Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 3,572 Ratings


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.


  • A delightful read

    By Bajandumpling
    This story is hilarious, touching, improbable, touching, and unpredictable all at once. Loved it !
  • A beautiful story if humanity

    By Maf205
    This book will make you laugh and cry and fall in love with the characters. It takes a few chapters to become hooked but once you are you don’t want it to end. The prose is beautiful and reminds me that fiction brings us reminders of real life- we are all in this together.
  • Another winner in my book!

    By LP827
    Having read several of Backman’s books, I really looked forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. Loved all the characters, with their quirkiness and complexity. Their lives intersect one day and they learn about each other and themselves. A great story.
  • Amazing

    By Claydo21
    This book made me laugh, cry and gave me hope for my life and current situation. Love this author and his style of writing. I definitely recommend this book.
  • One of those books you want to give to everyone you know

    By maniiscool
    Just amazing, you have to read!!
  • Heartwarming and entertaining

    By mmjimenezrn
    Another good one by Fredrick Backman. Some of the characters were a little over the top but I loved the slow development into their backgrounds and personalities
  • Im not crying you’re crying

    By Speech/language lady
    I cannot explain why this book, on a random summer day, affected me the way it did. I identified with something on every single page. It cracked me up and made me sad. It also made me nod my head in agreement and feel hopeful. I don’t know what else you could want from a book.
  • Didn’t like it

    By NicoleOXX
    Terrible. So long winded and boring
  • Yet another surprise wonder

    By Danithegirl04
    This is the third of Backman’s books I’ve read and I always am so pleasantly surprised with his underlying love of humanity in the most simplistic ways. His story telling leads to many revelations and secrets that unfold throughout and I just adore his story telling. The story might start out slow or dry, but it’s so worth finishing his books because they make you a better human. And that’s what his stories are all about, being a human in a large and complicated world, and finding the pure love and joy in some of the smallest things.
  • A real page turner!

    By BookishMA
    Fast read, loved the character connections.