Granite Fiction Club

Cover of the book Anxious People

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Meets the Second Tuesday of Every Month from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

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January's pick is Anxious People by Frederick Backman.

Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can't fix their own marriage. There's a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can't seem to agree on anything. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst group of hostages in the world.

 

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them--the bank robber included--desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

 

Proving once again that Backman is "a master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives" ( USA TODAY), Anxious People "captures the messy essence of being human....It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry" ( The Washington Post). This "endlessly entertaining mood-booster" ( Real Simple) is proof that the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope can save us--even in the most anxious of times.

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

536 Granite Ave
Richmond, VA 23226
Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021