Contemporary fiction is not really my jam. I’ll read it, but it takes a while; I can’t blow through it like I would say, T.M. Logan’s The Vacation. I thought I’d give Fredrik Blackman’s Anxious People a try because it sounded interesting/funny and received a lot of praise.
About 37 pages in, I started to regret my decision. The storyline couldn’t have been more off base, and honestly, just downright annoying. Who in their right mind would read books like this?
I set it aside for about a week before I decided to pick it up again. And you know what? I’m glad I gave it a second chance because this turned out to be one of the most clever, interesting, funny, and heartwarming books I’ve ever read. I think I might go so far as to call it a favorite.
Title: Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman
Rating: Cleverly Crafted
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Page Count: 341
The story is about a robbery. Or maybe it’s not. It’s about a group of people who are very different. But maybe they’re not. This book is about a lot of things – some trivial, some not. I don’t think you’d fully understand unless you read it from start to finish.
Every line has a purpose, and the sentences weave together a beautiful story about total strangers being forced together and the events that unfold – before, during, and after.
But really, the story begins ten years in the past when a man jumped from a bridge.
It’s maddening, it’s clever, it’s fun, and you’ll want everyone you know to read it. Just so you can talk about it with someone who’ll understand.
Nothing is really what it seems, but every sentence and character has a purpose. It’s clever and fun, but also maddening. You may be tempted to throw the book at a wall around page 37, but give it time. It will all be okay in the end.