By Fredrik Backman
Atria Books, 9781501160837, September 2020, 352pp.
The Short of It:
Lots of love for this odd, little story.
The Rest of It:
This is a story about a bank robbery. Well, kind of. What starts off as a bank robbery quickly becomes a hostage situation. But, not really. One bad choice leads to another and it’s kind of a wild ride. The dialogue is a little choppy in places and for many, this is a turn off but trust me, give it time. Ease into its craziness and let these characters do their thing and before you know it, you will be wanting to know them personally.
I know I haven’t said much about the story but it’s best that I just let you experience it yourself. It is the type of story that will make you feel a lot of things. Sadness, happiness, hope. You will laugh but you will also feel for these characters and what life has dealt them. It has a much bigger message than what you would gather from that colorful cover.
My recommendation: read it, enjoy it, laugh, feel good.
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14 thoughts on “Review: Anxious People”
Such a quirky story but, I really loved it.Glad that you enjoyed the ride.
It reminded me of a British comedy. So many things going on.
I have this on my pile to read in March. It’s been getting such good reviews and I enjoyed his book Bear Town so am looking forward to this one.
The title was off-putting to me when it first came out. I was so anxious already from everything we are living that I didn’t need to read about anxious people. But it’s really quite fun and enjoyable.
I’ve never read anything by this author. Which of his books do you think would be a good one to start with?
The only other one I’ve read was A Man Called Ove and I believe that one was made into a movie too. I liked that one too. I think that would be a good one to read first. If you like his style then try this one next.
Loved this book! Love all of the books he wrote that I’ve read!
I think there are two of his books I’ve not read. Must add.
It’s on my shelf! I’m just waiting for the right moment when it calls to me. Glad you enjoyed it. I still have Beartown and one other of his to read, as well.
I read Ove, of course. I thought it was pleasant and good but wasn’t in love with it. I think that is why I didn’t read his books that came after that. Anxious People was everywhere and then it showed up on so many fave lists for 2020 that I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I am glad I dug in. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I haven’t read this either. You are on a roll with good books lately.
Reading has been good but I keep pushing it too. Afraid to slow down for fear of a slump. I just keep stacking them up.
My son gave it 3 stars. Eager to read it to guess why.
I could guess but don’t want to spoil anything for you. Just read it!