anxious people by fredrik backman, 329 pp
Mr. Backman, sir, how do you conceive your characters, Anxious People, and write them complete with quirks and flaws? I’d love to take a writing course with you. From the author of another beloved favorite, A Man Called Ove, Backman introduces us to a father-son police detail and victims of a botched robbery and hostage situation. You expect drama and disaster. Instead, you laugh and want to become friends with every one of those hostages, including their captor. Wait for the surprise twist as to the captor’s identity. It’ll reset preconceived notions and challenge you to think of motives and desires.
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