Anxious People

Anxious People

by

Fredrik Backman

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The bank robber’s mom never appears in the novel’s present, as she died years before the novel begins. An alcoholic, the robber’s mom was a “chaotic parent.” For instance, she bought alcohol with all the money the seven-year-old robber earned selling magazine subscriptions to fund Christmas dinner, and she taught the robber to lie to hide how bad things were at home. Her example led the robber to never want children and, when the robber ultimately had her daughters, to vow to never be a chaotic parent like her mother. The robber’s mom also took a dim view of her daughter’s future, as she insisted that daughters of alcoholics never grow up to find true love or be romantic at all.

The Bank Robber’s Mom Quotes in Anxious People

The Anxious People quotes below are all either spoken by The Bank Robber’s Mom or refer to The Bank Robber’s Mom. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“Do you know what the worst thing about being a parent is? That you’re always judged by your worst moments. You can do a million things right, but if you do one single thing wrong you’re forever that parent who was checking his phone in the park when your child was hit in the head by a swing. We don’t take our eyes off them for days at a time, but then you read just one text message and it’s as if all your best moments never happened. No one goes to see a psychologist to talk about the times they weren’t hit in the head by a swing as a child. Parents are defined by their mistakes.”

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Page Number: 21
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The Bank Robber’s Mom Character Timeline in Anxious People

The timeline below shows where the character The Bank Robber’s Mom appears in Anxious People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
The robber has never heard of moral hazard, but the robber’s mother once said that you can make God laugh by telling Him your plans. The robber... (full context)
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
The bank robber and the robber’s mom were evicted from their apartment a few months later. The robber vowed to not become... (full context)
Chapter 20
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...go to the authorities. But the robber remembers sitting at the welfare office with the robber’s mother , and the robber remembers how good addicts’ kids get to be at lying to... (full context)
Chapter 71
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...girl (the robber) always thought it was weird that she couldn’t be mad at the robber’s mom . Once, her mom slurred to the girl that she’d never be a romantic because... (full context)