Anxious People

Anxious People

by

Fredrik Backman

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Anxious People can help.

Anxious People: Chapter 70 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The ice covering the bridge sparkles. Zara almost looks like she’s ready to jump, but anyone who knows her and what she’s gone through recently knows she won’t. Then, “she lets go.” The wind catches the paper, and finally, Zara’s fingers can stop struggling to hold that letter. Ten years ago, the man wrote everything he wanted Zara to know. His letter was only four words, but they’re “the four biggest little words” someone can say to another person: “It wasn’t your fault.” Zara is walking away before the letter hits the water. She climbs into Lennart’s car, and he lets her play the music loud. Zara plans to try to get tired of him.
Though Zara has felt responsible for the man’s death for a decade, it’s worth noting that it’s nobody else’s fault when someone chooses to die by suicide. By dropping the letter off the bridge, Zara symbolically lets go of this burden. It’s also significant that she then gets into Lennart’s car—she’s willing now to connect with others.
Themes
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
Quotes