G. Bianco, 2019
World famous novelist and the acclaimed author of A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, has just released his newest novel, Anxious People. Chosen as a Book of the Month pick in September 2020, this novel shows what can happen when the universe works in mysterious ways to put you in the right place at the right time.
This is 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 slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. 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.
I’m genuinely mad at myself for never reading one of Backman’s books before now. This book is frankly so absurd at times, yet is simple in its delivery. The style of narration Backman uses makes the reader feel they are being told the story by an old friend. The way every character interconnects and influences each other is so masterfully written it’s mind blowing.
This book deals with triggering topics like suicide, anxiety, and addiction; however, Backman handles the topics with intrigue, reverence, and with a little bit of comic relief. The messages of self-worth, forgiveness, and trying to do your best in this world will make you laugh and cry while reading and long for this story to never end. Additionally, it shows how everything happens for a reason and sometimes just being in the right place and the right time can influence not only your life, but someone else’s as well.
For fans of Backman both old and new, this novel will move you and make you think about your place in the world and how you can influence those around you without even realizing it. A poignant, sily, and mesmerizing read, this book is a must read for all lovers of fiction!
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