Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Cover)

Rating: 4.5/5

Read on: Part ebook, part audiobook narrated by Marin Ireland.



A normal apartment viewing on a not-so-normal New Year’s eve turns into a hostage situation. In the hostage mix is a real estate agent who is not very good at her job, soon-to-be parents who have their doubts, retired folks contemplating the end of their marriage, a depressed woman who refuses to be in love, an old woman waiting for her husband to park the car, and an unassuming bridge. …

A single moment.

All it took was that one moment. To take a step forward and breathe it in.

In that moment, the world slowed down and I saw it for what it was. It was warmth and light. It was the deluge of serenity, hope, and love. It was pure joy.

I took it all in.

The distant peaks glistened with snow between the cotton candy clouds. The sky danced a vibrant dance of multitude intermingling hues. The biting chill carried crystal clear notes of the nature’s mayhem.

I looked down. The call of the void answered. …

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The horse galloped and he followed

Jumping over the rocks

Gliding through the air

Rustling the leaves

Across the streams.

The trolls rolled and clanked

As he passed them

They chittered, applauded

And whooped

For a good time all around.

The tree chuckled and shook

As he gushed past

Merry for the good times, it nodded

And showered him

With the scents of a thousand flowers.

Tales are for children

Be a man, the father bellowed

No more monkey business, the teacher warned

Tell me more, the boys cooed

An imaginary friend, the girls giggled.

Nay! They are not a…

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