Anxious People - Fredrik Backman

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,648 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.


  • I’m here, too.

    By Estebanlaw
    This book left me in tears. Of sadness. Or happiness, I cannot tell which.
  • Touching Story, Lovely Characters

    By St3r1ingSi1v3r
    I picked up this book for the mystery and stayed for the story. The writing style/voice takes a moment to get used to but once you’re into it you can’t bear to stop reading. I fell in love with every character, and even more so with the relationships between them. The author does a great job revealing little things along the way that all come together to form a bigger picture about life and love and all of the dumb things we do with good intentions. Satisfying ending that brought tears to my eyes - I’m so happy I read this book :)
  • My fave author does it again

    By lenebean685
    Read this! And all this author’s books!
  • They are all good

    By Tim the third
    Just pick one of his books and read it. They are all good.
  • Anxious People

    By AWalley5
    There is just so much truth here, and it shows how we are all connected even though we don’t realize it, or if if we think we don’t want to be connected. Everyone really does need to be- connected that is- to someone.
  • Amazing

    By Jamiam987
    Read it over several days- the second half in one long stretch A story- with funny characters and you can’t help but like them
  • Everyone should read this

    By lieselbc
    What a fantastic reminder that we are all humans doing the best we can with what we have. Makes you want to stop and learn people’s stories.
  • Such a wonderful read

    By Paragateify
    It captures the highs and lows of life so eloquently and in ways and through stories that makes it easier to connect to. I loved it
  • Brilliant

    By Sean Cairne
    I laughed so hard I cried and cried so hard while laughing I couldn’t see to read. Heart warming and zainy intertaining. Thank you Fredrik Backman for another book that I still laugh about long after I’ve put it down.
  • Uplifting

    By cc22hou
    This was the story I needed to restore my faith in us humans and our communities. It’s a fun story about how we’re all connected to one another and that we are all trying our best with our small brains and big hearts.