Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 885 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.


  • Witty and enjoyable until the very end! Great page turner!

    By eoggioni
    Loved the playfulness of the writing throughout! Definitely recommend!
  • We’re all idiots ...

    Read it all the way ... you wont regret it.
  • Well written

    By Totohris
    Very impressed with the use of every day life experiences among the characters in a humorous manner
  • Delightful

    By Lore Palli
    An absolute delight.
  • Everything comes full circle.

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

    By Casterwill_
    Being a person can be hard, and this books gives a little insight into why.
  • Wow, Much More Than It Seems

    By juliusa
    Beautifully written piece about connections and empathy. A truly moving work disguised as a mystery, with lots of humor and pathos. It will keep you riveted until it’s surprise ending(s). Read it and enjoy. In these crazy times especially this is a much needed work. Thanks.
  • Anxious People

    By Readingbythesea
    I found the story hard to get into. The humorous parts were good, the ending was predictable. I expected more with the ratings it has received.
  • Loved it!

    By slee112989
    I hope they make this book into a movie!
  • 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.