Anxious People; Fredrik Backman
Atria - 9/2020
This is one of those odd, quirky but yet incredibly satisfying books that gave me so much to think about; it even brought a tear to my eyes. I could never write a review that would do this story the praise it deserves, but here's my 2 cents.
In a nutshell, the story opens with a botched bank robbery by a desperate individual who is trying to provide for (2) young children. Unfortunately, the bank chosen is a cashless bank - who knew these types of banks even existed? The robber flees to a heavily attended apartment open house where the attendees now become hostages -- but not really. All of the hostages have issues and motives for attending the open house and are not necessarily interested in buying. There is Estelle an elderly widow, Zara, a wealthy bank executive who has never opened herself up to others, a lesbian couple expecting a first baby, a retired husband an wife who buy and sell properties to avoid dealing with their own issues, a man with a rabbits head costume and underwear locked in the bathroom, plus a father and son police duo who also have issues and who are search for the robber and interview the individual hostages.
The story is quirky, whacky and even puzzling at times. Each of the individuals have issues and anxieties they are struggling with. The story only begins to make sense as you get a deeper understanding of the people involved. The story is deep and thought provoking at times, the writing wonderful. I highlighted so many memorable passages and, I was reminded , once again, how we should never judge a person without knowing what their life and their struggles are all about. Clearly another winner by Fredrik Backman, an author I've enjoyed many times in the past.
Rating - 5/5 stars
(eGalley provided by Atria and Edelweiss for my unbiased review.)