Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Rating – 4.75 out of 5

In Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, an ordinary apartment showing is taken hostage. A bank robber finds themselves in an impossible position and holds everyone up to look for a solution. Meanwhile,  the apartment seers are all stuck together amplifying their own personal dramas. In a story that’s about one room and a few hours, you see the breadth and depth of human life, suffering, and possibly redemption.

Favorite Quote

“That’s the power of literature, you know, it can act like little love letters between two people who can only explain their feelings by pointing at other people’s.” ― Fredrik Backman, Anxious People


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is the first of his books that I have read. The cover drew me in and made me want to know more and the general mystery of what happened in that apartment kept me hooked. Backman does a fantastic job of revealing backstory and details about the characters as you need to know them in a way that left me always wanting more.

The character of Zara was my favorite out of all the characters. Even though she was unlikable through and through it was her story that held the novel together and helped it through its final act. In fact, this is a novel of stories about people and its strengths are not only in the depth of those stories but also in the little moments between.

While this book was incredibly touching it also had its moments of humor as well. I think that any good story about people should include some humor and this novel had the ability to point out the absurdity of life.

I recommend this book if you’re looking for a drama that will make you believe in people again.

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