Anxious People by Fredrik Backman Book Cover

Backman starts out by telling us that this is a story about idiots, which is off-putting. But what he means is that it is idiotically difficult being human. On the day before New Year’s Eve, a bank robber tries to rob a cashless bank of just enough money to pay rent, then must take shelter from the police in an apartment being shown to seven strangers. Backman uses the situation to explore the nature of love and marriage, the meaning of home, and the events that can push anyone to unexpected actions and new directions.