ARC Review | Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious PeopleTitle: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman, Translated by: Neil Smith
Rating: ★★★★★
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: September 8, 2020

“Deep down, people want to be good. Of course, the problem is that it’s not always easy to be nice to idiots because they’re idiots.”


Sometimes going into a book with no expectations is the best thing you can do. Because when you unexpectedly become so captivated by a book that wasn’t even on your radar, it stick with you, and becomes all the more special. Anxious People is that book for me.

The writing and plotting is so well done. It’s not a linear timeline – we get glimpses, past and present, of each persons life and how they serendipitously connect and intersect. It’s a crime comedy with all the heart of a small-town, found family story. Our assumptions allow the story to be turned on it’s head and we really get to see the characters for who they tell us they are instead of who they think each other is. There such genuine love and affection between the characters that I couldn’t put the story down. And I teared up multiple times because it’s that sweet, and yes, I am that sappy. It’s truly unlike anything I’ve ever read, but I desperately want more.

In it’s purest form, I think Anxious People is a story about human connection. We all want to see the world a little brighter and sometimes, if given the opportunity, we can make it that way for someone else. That consideration is it’s own kind of magic that carries this story straight to your heart.

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