My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

by Fredrik Backman

Overview:A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different..

Faith Bowers (06/24/17): If you enjoyed A Man Called Ove, then you will also like this book. If you like fairy tales then you will really enjoy this story. I don’t love fairy tales but I sort of understood all about the 6 kingdoms and it becomes a wonderful story when you put the fairy tales together with real life. Elsa gets to truly know her granny, her best friend, after Granny dies. All the stories and people in her home fit together. The author uses the same sense of humor found in A Man Called Ove which makes this story delightful. It can become a very deep and heavy discussion or you can just read it at face value and enjoy the story.
Rating: ***

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