• Amanda Gargano

"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman


Let me start by saying I am biased. Fredrik Backman is one of my favorite Authors.


His writing style always keeps you engaged; you can't miss one word or sentence because everything holds

value. His books "Beartown" and "Us Against You" are in my top 20 books.


"Anxious People" is one of

the most recent of his books and was released April 2019. It was instantly a New York Times Best Seller and was adapted into a Limited Series that was released on Netflix December of 2021.


This book is about one bad idea and such desperation that the only choice a person had was to rob a bank. When it is realized it was a cashless bank the robber runs for cover in an apartment viewing on New Years. This is where the story primarily takes place.


A group of strangers spend the day held hostage and their lives are forever changed. The main characters include two couples that are questioning their marriage. One woman who can't move on from her past. Two police officers that have very different views on how to do their job. Relationships are formed between unexpected characters; secrets are revealed and the future of lives are on the line.