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We’re Giving Away 100 Copies of Fredrik Backman’s New Novel!

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What happens when a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house and holds a group of strangers hostage? New York Times bestselling author Fredrik Backman asks this question in his new novel Anxious People. A “witty, lighthearted romp” (Publisher’s Weekly), Anxious People delves into the personal lives and secrets of an eclectic group of strangers, which include a retired couple who can’t seem to fix their marriage, a wealthy bank director, a young couple expecting a child, the flustered real estate agent, an 87-year old woman, and mysterious man who has locked himself in the bathroom. Follow along as these eight anxious people realize they have more in common than they could have ever imagined.

Eager for this witty Backman novel to hit the shelves this fall? You’re in luck! We’re giving away an advanced reader copy of Anxious People to one hundred lucky readers like yourself. Enter for your chance to win below!

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Anxious People
Fredrik Backman

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

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, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. 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.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

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We’re Giving Away 100 Copies of Fredrik Backman’s New Novel!

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 4, 2020


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