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From the number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2020 Fredrik Backman (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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What a Lovely Journey

I loved this book, it was a. lovely story. Funny characters, who will live with you long after you are finished with the book.

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This book is truly about the voices in our head.,

It is a wonderful book about past and present never being far apart.
I enjoy the refreshing way Bachman writes and the stories he weaves .

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Ignore the negative reviews

I almost didn’t read this because of the reviews. So glad I followed my gut. Fredrik Backman doesn’t disappoint. Character development weaves its way through the story in a way that makes you love them all. Zara is my fave.
Narration is spot on.
Read, smile and enjoy.

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Story was amazing! And the narration was stellar. I listened at 1.2x speed which I found perfect.

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Listen to this book

After reading the description I was on the fence about this one. Glad I choose to get it. I laughed out loud so many times listening to this. I almost cried a bunch of times. This one is a gem.

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Highly Recommend

One of my favourite authors and this book didn't disappoint. An absolutely phenomenal book, I couldn't stop listening.