My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel
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.
“Firmly in league with Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman . . . A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences, Elsa’s story is one that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”—Library Journal
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing
It took me a couple of chapters to get in tune with the cutesiness of Fredrik Backman's “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry” (2013), but once I did I loved it. Elsa is a precocious almost ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - creighley - LibraryThing
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy. She is Elsa’s best and only friend. Together they face the world in her grandmother’s stories. When her grandmother ... Read full review