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Anxious People: Introduction
Anxious People: Plot Summary
Anxious People: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Anxious People: Themes
Anxious People: Quotes
Anxious People: Characters
Anxious People: Symbols
Anxious People: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Fredrik Backman
Historical Context of Anxious People
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- Full Title: Anxious People
- When Written: 2018
- Where Written: Stockholm, Sweden
- When Published: 2019; the first U.S. translation was published in 2020
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: A small town in Sweden
- Climax: The narrator reveals that Jim allowed the bank robber to escape, and Jim finally lets Jack in on this.
- Antagonist: Fear, anxiety, the modern world, and ostensibly the bank robber’s husband and boss are all antagonists.
- Point of View: Third Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Anxious People
Let’s Strike a Deal. When Backman sold his first novel, A Man Called Ove, he stipulated that the publisher would also have to publish his nonfiction book, Things My Son Needs to Know About the World.
Reaching Out. There are a variety of resources for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or who have friends who are struggling (though resources vary by country and locality). In the United States, 988, the phone number for the national suicide prevention hotline, was officially made toll-free in July 2022 and now functions much like calling 911 for other emergencies does.