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Friends are reading...Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Simon & Schuster, 2020

Michele says: 👍

In this unlikely combination thriller/whodunnit/remedy for the anxious, a group of people are held hostage by a second-rate bank bandit, and the reader has to figure out who is at fault. At first I was confused by the nameless characters, but then I had fun trying to identify them using other details like the lady with the pants or the man with the short coat!

The nameless ID method might be helpful for teachers. Instead of trying to memorize masked students' names, we could say: the one with the baggy pants, the late one, the one with the unmasked nose or the one(s) who never listen(s).

The title is certainly a winner in these anxious times. I wonder if the writer or the publisher thought of it, and if the title or the book came first?

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