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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
“Recency bias or favorite book ever? Elsa's grandmother builds her a fairytale castle from the roughest bricks of her adventurous life and they retreat inside it together. In their secret language, they fight fairytale shadows and dragons--because real ones are just around the corner. On a mission to find and deliver her grandmother's apology letters, Elsa finds the edges of the fairytale seeping into real life--which is fine, because she is a knight. The plot is sweet and reads a little young, while the characters are funny and complex. Emotions ring true, pain is handled tenderly, and love manifests in the most creative ways. If, like me, you considered learning Swedish because you can't wait a year for the third Beartown to be translated, consider this gem from Backman's backlist. It definitely hits the spot.”Alyson,
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.