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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Book Briefs: Beka's Picks


Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman, is a poignant story about an inept, wannabe bank robber who disappears into thin air, a father and son cop team, and a handful of folks who showed up to an apartment as prospective buyers and left as rescued hostages.

The night before New Year’s Eve in a small Swedish town, a struggling parent attempts to rob a cashless bank for 6,500 kronor. After a solid ridiculing by the young bank teller, the would-be robber flees and dashes into a nearby apartment. “Armed” with a toy gun and still wearing a ski mask, the rob...

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