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Anxious People: A Novel Hardcover – September 8, 2020
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- Publisher : Atria Books (September 8, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501160834
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501160837
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps this is a story about a hostage situation, anxious people, idiots, an apartment viewing, a police investigation, a bridge.
Perhaps this is a story about human relationships, which is something Backman writes about masterfully. This one was no exception, I laughed, I cried, I savored every word and page. Another brilliant novel by one of the best!
This is one of my many highlights, "Grandchildren would make him feel important?” Anna-Lena smiled weakly. “Have you ever held a three-year-old by the hand on the way home from preschool?” “No.” “You’re never more important than you are then.”"
I loved the way stereotypes were broken and I loved the way the author tied everything together. If you want a heartwarming and entertaining book this is the one you should choose.
A bank robbery that never becomes a bank robbery. A hostage situation that might not be a hostage situation. Yet, there is intent, a mask, and a gun involved.
Eight stranger's anxieties that are all in one apartment viewing when a masked individual walks in, a suicide, a psychologist, and two cops trying to get to the bottom of it all, becomes the perfect mixture for a good novel.
Surprisingly funny and sad with moments of revelation is what Anxious People delivers to this reader. I became engrossed in the life of these people. How fate has put them all together in one place to bring out all of their issues into the open.
Anxiuos People has a true message. A good person can make a bad decision. Should the bad decision define us? Should we get a second chance? We have all been "idiots" at one point. Right?
I encourage people to read this book. It is not the usual prose I'm used to but it works nonetheless.
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Reviewed in India on November 12, 2020