Anxious People

Anxious People

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020 | Unabridged, Playaway
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and "writer of astonishing depth" (The Washington Times) comes a poignant comedy 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.Viewing an apartment normally doesn't turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. First is Zara, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else until tragedy changed her life. Now, she's obsessed with visiting open houses to see how ordinary people live--and, perhaps, to send an old wrong to right. Then there's Roger and Anna-Lena, an Ikea-addicted retired couple who are on a never-ending hunt for fixer-uppers to hide the fact that they don't know how to fix their own failing marriage. Julia and Ro are a young lesbian couple and soon-to-be parents who are nervous about their chances for a successful life together since they can't agree on anything. And there's Estelle, an eighty year-old woman who has lived long enough to be unimpressed by a masked bank robber waving a gun in her face. And despite the story she tells them all, Estelle hasn't really come to the apartment to view it for her daughter, and her husband really isn't outside parking the car. As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. 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. Rich with Fredrik Backman's "pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People's whimsical plot serves up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all the anxious people we encounter every day.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020
Solon, Ohio :, Findaway World, LLC,, [2020]
Edition: Unabridged, Playaway
ISBN: 9781982155247
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WPL_JessB May 28, 2021

I went into this book with high expectations and almost abandoned it when the subject matter got heavy, but ultimately I'm so glad I saw it through to the end. This book was startlingly funny, surprisingly complex, and filled with a cast of characters that seemed to be caricatures at first, but turned out to been fully fledged individuals with both redeeming and condemning qualities.

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Oct 17, 2020

I believe Fredrik Backman is one of the most extraordinary authors writing today. He combines poignancy and humor in a way that is far too rare in modern literature. One minute you are laughing at a man in a rabbit's head and the next you are crying because of a suicide. I cannot recommend a book and author more highly. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeChristineS Sep 23, 2020

A thoroughly engaging, character driven story that I didn't want to end. The story was interesting and getting to know the cast of characters was incredibly enjoyable. This would be a great, cozy, snow day read/listen. I highly recommend if your looking for something light but still somewhat meaty.

Sep 18, 2020

I enjoyed this book a lot. Very cleverly & intricately plotted. I don't know how it could have been handled differently, but there was too much wrapping up after the climax. I kept thinking we were at the end, and the narrator would call out another chapter number.

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