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Anxious People

Anxious People

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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Viewing an apartment normally doesn't turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that: a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the eight strangers begin opening up to one another. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020 (translation)
ISBN: 9781432879716
Characteristics: 549 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew), - Translator
Alternative Title: Folk med ångest


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ArapahoeMorgan Jun 08, 2021

Eight strangers are taken hostage by a bank robber during an apartment's open house. Their anxieties and motivations are more alike than they realize, or care to admit!

Jun 05, 2021

Finished June 4 2021.
It's a ridiculous, heart-warming and quirky story. Everybody is dumb but intentionally so (though it was annoying to read at times). Everybody is connected to everybody else in some coincidence relating to the bridge. The message is to not judge a book by its cover, that everyone is going through something and has a backstory.
Would not reread.

Jun 04, 2021

Yuk! Did not like it at all

Jun 02, 2021

A funny, entertaining, story about love. Well written, enjoyable, laugh out loud funny story. This a great read, the plot moves, the characters become known and it is a wonderful book.

May 08, 2021

This book is actually a poignant tale dealing with a serious subject - suicide. However, Backman has couched it in comedy and it comes out as a satire. A Bank Robber in a failed robbery attempt stumbles into an apartment open house where there are seven potential purchasers - a motley crew. Nobody takes the hostage taker seriously and we read about Jim and Jack a father son duo of cops trying to solve the mystery of how the robber vanished mysteriously. A well-written book which starts slowly but takes on a life of its own. It is not a page turner but t grows on you and you can't put it down till you have finished.

May 05, 2021

Funny and sad. A great translation. I'm hooked.

May 05, 2021

Recommended by Ellen May ‘21

May 02, 2021

Oh boy some of you fans may not like this review but I hope to save at least one person a couple of hours. Very annoying writing style - felt stupid reading it. Just could not feel connected to this scattered and ridiculous storyline. I saw all of the glowing reviews and was excited to experience a new and highly recommended author. Not so - extremely disappointed. I never give up on a book but this one was just so silly and child like that after 100 pages in I was seriously considering returning it without finishing. Instead I “skimmed” ahead and picked up bits and pieces along the way (again not something I have ever done). It was enough to see that the same nonsense continued throughout. The ending, while it ties the crazy story together, made me feel even more desperate to dump this book. Depressing. I went back through the older reviews of others and see now, too late, that this would not be recommended as an introduction to the works of this author. I think if I need to “build up” a tolerance to the writer’s style it is a pass for me. Once burned, twice shy. On a positive note, gotta love our freedom of choice and library access to such wide and varying literature options.

Apr 26, 2021


Apr 18, 2021

I’m an unabashed fan of author Fredrik Backman and have read nearly all his books. But I must admit I wasn’t immediately captivated by ANXIOUS PEOPLE. It wasn’t until I was a third of the way into it that its charm took hold of me, and I was hooked. What begins as a seeming hodgepodge of complicated characters, isolated events, and a shifting timeline, all comes together in a very satisfying way at the end. The story is a thought-provoking mix of the serious and the absurd, the tragic and the comical, told as only Fredrik Backman can. Ultimately, ANXIOUS PEOPLE is about human connection and the impacts people can have on each other. I highly recommend it.
PLEASE NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with Backman and his writing style, I join others in suggesting you NOT start with this book, but first try one of his other works, like A MAN CALLED OVE.

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Apr 18, 2021

“They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.” - p. 324

Apr 18, 2021

“Nothing is easier for people who never do anything themselves than to criticize someone who actually makes an effort.” - p. 209

Apr 18, 2021

“Expensive restaurants have bigger gaps between the tables. First class on airplanes has no middle seats. Exclusive hotels have separate entrances for guests staying in suites. The most expensive thing you can buy in the most densely populated places on the planet is distance.” - p. 94

Apr 18, 2021

“The truth of course is that if people really were as happy as they look on the Internet, they wouldn’t spend so much damn time on the Internet, because no one who’s having a really good day spends half of it taking pictures of themselves. Anyone can nurture a myth about their life if they have enough manure, so if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, that’s probably because it’s full of shit.” - p. 57

Apr 18, 2021

“Because that was a parent’s job: to provide shoulders. Shoulders for your children to sit on when they’re little so they can see the world, then stand on when they get older so they can reach the clouds, and sometimes lean against whenever they stumble and feel unsure.” - p.22

Apr 18, 2021

“We don't have a plan, we just do our best to get through the day, because there'll be another one coming along tomorrow.” - p. 2


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