Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,813 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.


  • Absolutely loved this.

    By JumpinSwim
    I laughed, I related, I scratched my head, and I cried. I purchased this book not really knowing what I was going to get into. It was the new year, and in my new year slump/depression I told myself I was going to read more. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and that NEVER happens to me. Give this book a read. I didn’t mind the story order as much as some other reviews have mentioned. I found the way the story is told is like how a tv show is written. I want to go tell my friends and family about this book.
  • Anxious People

    By Dad Gray
    The story started off slow as the author revealed the quirky characters. As they developed, the connected emotions and general goodness in people’s hearts became the primary theme woven around an interesting getaway story. Clever story, interesting characters and beautifully written.
  • The first book to bring tears in years

    By crypticcal
    We all need this book right now
  • Quirky, Funny, Moving

    By Tesspalk
    Reading this book I laughed a lot, and cried a little at the end. I just loved this book!
  • So touching

    By Gran2eight
    This book touched me in so many ways. It is one of my most favorites and I will recommend it!!
  • I laughed, cried, and lived it!

    By SB in MN
    Beautifully written book! Lessons, laughter, and the power of love! Thank you!
  • Amazing

    By Sabrina_marieeee
    This book had me deep in my emotions. The characters were so well developed anyone could connect. A must read for all.
  • Absolutely Beautiful story

    By Five star read!
    Brilliant author. Beautiful story. Funny, quirky, heartfelt and compassionate - I’m still trying to figure out how Blackman pulled this off. This is one I will never forget.
  • Anxious People

    By Cutthroat fly girl
    Read to the end! It makes it all worth your time.
  • Worth the journey.

    By vegamy
    As with “A Man Called Ove”, the story begins slow but stick with it. In the end, it’s was so worth the read. I loved this story.