Title: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Style: Contemporary Fiction
“We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”
A failed bank robbery turns hostage situation when the bank robber runs into an apartment during an open house. Inside the apartment are eight anxious people who each carry their own secrets and nothing is like it seems. As the police begin to surround the building they realize that they have more in common than they think. As they learn more about one another it sets off a chain of unbelievable events.
What a beautiful story that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more and then I cried some more. There were times I was in the middle of doing something and I would remember a funny scene from this book and I would burst out laughing loud enough that people around me would ask what was so funny. If there is one thing that I love about this author its that his stories are often character drive. I think most that read this would be able to relate to these characters in some way. This was a beautiful story about human connection and how our actions may impact others. Easily one of my favorite reads this year.