Fredrik Backman is back and how! The man who’s given us gems like ‘A man called Ove’, ‘My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry’, and ‘Britt-Marie was here’ has this time opted for a comedic read about a crime that never happened, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air miraculously and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they could ever imagine.
What do I begin? This book got me so intrigued and has been well crafted in detail!
This book had both laughs and serious situations. It was a bank robbery gone bad that turned into an apartment hostage. But in the midst of all this, there is suicide and real-life hardships. There is a life that takes us by storm and throws us a new curve. This book had so many beautiful eye-opening quotes that will make you stop and think about how relatable it is!
Take this for instance, “They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we are more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”
Backman has yet again blown me away by his ability to captivate me and make me want more after each book! With his stupendous skills, Fredrik has once again drawn our attention towards humanity’s kindness and goodness… even as we are sometimes idiots.