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Marginalia: Fredrik Backman On Ove, Mental Health, And 'Anxious People'

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Fredrik Backman, author of "Anxious People"

Why did I ask Fredrik Backman how to pronounce Ove? Well, Ove is the title character his bestselling novel, A Man Called Ove

Although many American’s—myself included—do not know how to pronounce his name, that didn’t stop us from loving the book and reading everything else Backman has written.

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His latest release in the United States is a novel titled Anxious People, in which a failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house. We spoke on the day Anxious People made it to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and we spoke about the book, his work in general, and mental health.

Here’s our conversation:
 

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is published by Atria Books.

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