Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People Summary

Written By Fredrik Backman

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,407 Readers

Anxious People Book Summary


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.

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Anxious People is a Literary book, written By Fredrik Backman. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,407 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Anxious People

    By eakjmk
    Absolutely brilliant. Powerful. Thank you for this.
  • Stick with it

    By Suzieqarlington
    At first I thought this was a silly book. Silly characters and a confusing premise. Over time, the people became real and their stories were endearing. Backman has a flirtation with suicide in this and all of his other books which I find a little disturbing but otherwise I ended up enjoying Anxious People.
  • Everything comes full circle.

    By dleyh
    A story about people living the best they can. A story about how we all affect each other.


  • Best read I’ve had in a while

    By DCraighill
    So many great story lines in one. A great feel good book for right now.
  • Loved this

    By Headintheclouds1022
    Loved the writing and how the story connected characters together from beginning to end. Plenty of moments made me laugh as well as many that made me stop and think. Really enjoyable read!
  • Idiots

    By nonicknameabailable
    Characters went from idiots to annoying and wanting them all to jump off a bridge to complete people.
  • Fantastic!

    By EPMurph
    By far, one of the best books I’ve ever read. Heartfelt, humorous, rich and full of life’s beautiful mishaps and mysteries. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a read that offers a little understanding, a bit more compassion, and a whole lot of laughter on the ties that bind us together, both seen and invisible. Backman is superb!
  • Anxious People

    By eakjmk
    Absolutely brilliant. Powerful. Thank you for this.
  • Dreck

    By Beinhacker
    Life is too short to read this book.
  • Thought Provoking and Fun

    By Drew49
    This was a great read with many characters intertwined in way that only Fredrick Backman can do. Each detail leaves you wanting to know more... each character so well developed you feel as if you know them.
  • There is no way to say how....absolutely brilliant Brackman is!

    By KK_1837
    I have always loved books and literature....but in today’s seems impossible to find a writer that can captivate you immediately! I lost my mother a month ago....I suffer from anxiety...the title caught my attention.....the book had nothing to do with what I thought. But I immediately was drawn a months time (almost impossible for a teacher, Coach, mother, wife, friend...grieving child) I have read 3 of his books! I start and every time...I find myself “binge reading”. One more chapter I say..... The ability to so perfectly tell a story of smaller stories back and forth between characters, while including real life situations, lessons, feelings.....I feel speechless trying to explain the brilliance! Thank you for taking me out of reality and introducing me to it at the same time!!
  • Tedious

    By suhollan
    Very confusing story line. Basic premise and lack of impressive prose. I was anxious for this story to end.