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Anxious People

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,770 ratings  ·  229 reviews
A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is . . . empty.

In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 8th 2020 by Atria Books (first published April 25th 2019)
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Lisen I don't think there's a date yet, but Backmans books usually take quite a while to be translated so I wouldn't expect it any sooner than late 2019…moreI don't think there's a date yet, but Backmans books usually take quite a while to be translated so I wouldn't expect it any sooner than late 2019 (possibly even 2020)(less)

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Angela M
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4+ stars
I was anxious to read this book, good anxious, as in I couldn’t wait to read it. Fredrik Backman has been on my list of favorite authors since I read A Man Called Ove several years ago. I’ve have read all of his published books and I loved all of them. But when I started reading this one, I became anxious in another way. I was anxious because I thought I was going to end up not liking the book. It’s kind of a quirky story, bizarre at times. The narrator even says , “The whole thing is a
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come.

*Disclosure- I received an advanced manuscript from the publisher, but arcs aren't available just yet.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think my vocabulary is so limited to express how this book made me feel. Yes, it shook me so hard but it also entertained the hell of me. It was tragic, tear jerker, but it was also funny, enjoyable, witty! It was action packed, riveting, heart throbbing but it was also thought-provoking, complex, dazzling, deceptive, educational and heartfelt.

I know you got confused. How a book makes laugh so hard and then makes you cry like a baby and also hooks you up from its riveting, exciting chapters
Dec 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This sounds bizarre and I’m here for it! Now that I’ve discovered Fredrik Backman, there’s no turning back.

Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ANXIOUS PEOPLE is another perfect example of why Fredrik Backman's writing is so magnificent. His characters are funny and complex and real, his stories are relatable yet fantastical and full of depth, and you can almost always guarantee there will be as many tears as there are laughs when you're lost in the pages of his good books. This novel is all of that and more, and longtime fans and new ones will be delighted to own this book in September 2020. I won't say more about the plot because it's ...more
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
OMG! You guys! Fredrik Backman wrote a book about me!

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Dec 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
*anxiously waiting to read this book about anxious people*
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Jodie Louise
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-fiction, tbr-asap
I would like this book in my hands right now please and thank you powers that be.
Dec 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
What on earth am I supposed to do with my life until the release date
Tanja Berg
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, scandinavian
I'm not sure what I'm deducting a star for - possibly that there was just a little too much touchy-feely insight. Nonetheless, since I had this as audio, I found myself wanting be out more and longer to listen.

Backman is in fine form here, when he delves into a failed robbery and subsequent hostage taking of a group of people at an apartment viewing. After the hostage situation has resolved itself, the robber is nowhere to be found. So what really happened?

We get to follow the odd set of
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to receive an advanced copy from the publisher! This book is remarkable! Loved it so much and couldn’t put it down!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not love the first part of this book. I definitely didn't hate it, but I just found the characters so incredibly annoying that I couldn't really enjoy the book as much as I would like. But they grow on me, and I fell a little bit in love with some of them. (view spoiler) After about 120 pages is where the book went from probably a three star read to a four/five star ...more
Shivi Patel
Dec 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Berit Lundqvist
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Two and a half stars, rounded up.

Under translation. The English title is ”Anxious People”. Will be published in English during spring 2020.

A bunch of people, each of them with their individual traumas, are gathered together in a flat which is up for sale. A failed bank robber suddenly turns up, and take them as hostage.

Two cops, who happen to be father and son, arrive. But there is no bank robber to be found. In a series of very strange witness hearings, the two policemen try to find out. And
Marcus Widén
The weakest of Backmans books in My opinion. I chuckled a little from time to time att some the jokes was rare and some of them felt flat. The serious moments and emotional moments was packed in this book. A bit to many for my taste.

The overall story was ok.

It dragged on for a bit towards the end.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Leaving this here until the English translation is up. Thank you Main Street Books for the ARC, you are the best bookstore in the universe!]

My absolute favorite Backman yet to date!

I was a little nervous about the larger cast of characters (most of which were trapped in a room together), but Backman pulled it off wonderfully and delivered a sucker-punch of an ending. His writing is both warm and introspective, deep and silly. You'll cry a lot but you'll laugh a whole lot more. This book in
Kristen Beverly
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, so so good. Backman is one of those writers who for most of the book you’re thinking, “this is a good book. I like it.” But then you get to like the last 20 pages & you’re like sobbing, “this is the best book I’ve ever read in my life!” He always pulls all the pieces of the book together perfectly and has such a message of being kind and compassionate to other people, of tolerance, and being kind and compassionate to yourself. Loved it and will be recommending it to everyone.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. I dont give it 5 cause it was but too jumpy and confusing at times

Only fredrik can but my feelings and thoughts into words.
A fantastic read. Loved every single page.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
God I loved this book and its now one of my favorite books of all time. Its so poetic filled woth sadness and laughter. He writes all these characters so incredibly and simply human.
Gergina Seymenarova
Just Backman - very touching.
Dear Fredrik Backman,

I love you. In like a totally platonic way. But I still want to give you a big ole hug. Because the way you write is just so... Funny. Warm. Clever. Human. And it makes me happy. And sad. And snort with laughter. And feel like there's someone out there who gets it. The human condition.

So, this is a story about a bank robbery gone horribly wrong. Or maybe it's a story about a hostage situation. Or a bridge. Or making bad decisions. Or maybe it's a story about idiots.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected a lot from this book as I always do with Fredrik Backmans' books but it gave me even more. It is different from his other books although they always have something in common. It can't be described with a few sentences so my only advice can be - read it. Fredrik Backman is without any doubt my favourite author since 'A man called Ove' until now!
Amy Morgan
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“This is a story about a lot of things, but mostly about idiots. So it needs saying from the outset that that it’s always very easy to declare that other people are idiots, but only if you forget how idiotically difficult being human is.”

Life Is hard. We all face struggles every day that we feel might be our breaking point. And sometimes because of these struggles we make really bad decisions. Decisions that could make a lot of people think we’re all a bunch of idiots. But we often forget one
Normally I would review this in Swedish because it's a Swedish book, but I believe this is about to be released in English soon, so I might as well review it in English if some of you are curious about it.

I have previously read the Björnstad (Bear town) series by Fredrik Backman, and I LOVE those books (please hurry up and write book three in the series!). They are probably among my favourite books of all time, so my expectations for this book were quite high. Maybe too high, because while this
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual score: 3,75.

I love Backman, because I love how his books are brimming with compassion, with belief in love, and the belief that we're (almost) all of us doing our best. It's a point of view I can get behind, and it is very, very soothing. However, in this novel the narrative is VERY often interrupted by long musings on the human condition and it gets a bit tiressome. The same thing happened, to a lesser degree, in You against us, and I am a somewhat concerned that this will keep
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 50-60 pages were a bit difficult and I was starting to feel sad, because for the first time, I wasn't really enjoying a Backman book... But then everything changed, not sure if it was gradually or with a bang!, it just happened. And I was in awe once more, like I always am when I'm reading him.

He explores what it is to be human in such a relatable manner that it is impossible for one not to enjoy, shed a tear (or a hundred) and just take a minute to ponder about life, relationships,
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of Backman's previous books, this I only liked. The overall story was okay, but because of the many characters, taking almost an equal amount of space in the story, they weren't as "deep" and well described as in his other works.
To me, there was less humor and jokes, but other than that his writing style was the same. Maybe I would have liked it better, if I hadn't read his other books, and didn't have so high expectations. But this is hard not to, considering how Backman not
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know when you start pulling a loose thread on a sweater? Frederik Backman's new book Anxious People is like that. You want to chase after the thread and the people in the book who have become fast friends. You will laugh and cry sometimes in the same paragraph. How he can weave such a tale getting you into the heads of these characters is incredible. So relieved he didn't have just one good book in him but will be around for a long time. We are all anxious people and this is so relatable. ...more
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