Anxious People: A Novel

Anxious People: A Novel

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An apartment open-house changes from a run-of-the-mill real estate opportunity to a life-or-death struggle as a robber takes a group of strangers hostage at gunpoint. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman, Anxious People: A Novel is a surprisingly feel-good story for the subject matter.

The captives include a recently retired couple who prefer to focus on fixing up properties instead of their own marriage, a wealthy bank director whose career is his life, a young, constantly-bickering couple who are expecting their first child, an 87-year-old woman who could care less about the gun waving in her face, and a wheeling-and-dealing real estate agent who locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom.

As the hostage situation carries on and police surround the building, tensions boil over and grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions come to light. Everyone in the apartment, robber included, is in search of some sort of rescue.

With his signature understanding of human nature and authentic dialogue, Backman uses an unlikely situation to discuss friendship, forgiveness, and hope in even the most anxious times.