My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

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"From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales"-- Provided by publisher.
Elsa is seven years old; her grandmother is seventy-seven years old. She is 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, the letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones... but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501115066
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-- Translator


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Aug 18, 2017

Not a fan of fantasy, and at the onset of this book I was questioning my willingness to continue. So glad I persevered! The quirkiness of Grandma would easily be portrayed by the likes of Phyllis Diller, Cloris Leachman, or Carol Burnett, and it was a delight to read with them in mind. I agree it could have been told by a child older than this precocious seven year old, without losing anything. Dysfunctional people, heartbreak, betrayal, humour and a whole lotta love ~ a charming read!!

Sassers Jul 18, 2017

Written from a 7 year old girl's point of view. She and her grandmother travel to imaginary places and these trips come to life in the real world in which she lives. Author of A Man Called Ove.

SCL_Tricia Jun 03, 2017

A great story that weaves together in the end as you put together the fairy tales and the real world. So well written that I had to mark passages, something I don't often do.
It tells a story that is both wise and insightful, absurd and wondrous as it explores the themes of grief, love, difference, connection, regrets and forgiveness.
Funny, moving, heartfelt and inspiring, it made me laugh and cry. And not a pretty little cry, a full blown snot filled cry...twice.

PimaLib_MaryG May 11, 2017

I loved this book! Elsa is a real spitfire, as is her grandmother. There were tears and laughter while reading Elsa's memories of her grandmother's eccentric antics and of coming to terms with her death (and life) through a series of letters and tasks that her grandmother has left.

May 06, 2017

The book was interesting to begin with and an easy read overall. It wove between reality and fantasy and the main character learns that her grandmother's stories were heavily influenced by the real world. But I had a hard time believing that the main character was actually seven. I think she could have been just as interested in the fantastical stories and old enough to carry out some of the feats she performs, the way she thought. I think at times the blur between the fantasy world and the real world was a little too fuzzy.

May 02, 2017

This story about almost-8-year-old Elsa unfolds in parallel with the fairy tales told by her grandmother. While I understand the intent, I felt that they just didn't work and often skimmed over those sections - maybe something was lost in translation from the original Swedish.

The fairy tale sections aside, I liked the variety of characters and was caught up in Elsa's adventures by the end. But, overall it just didn't have the same magic for me as Backman's "A Man Called Ove".

Mar 13, 2017

By the end of the book I was thoroughly enjoying it, although I found the use of fairy tales as allegories rather confusing (and even a bit boring) at the beginning. Another triumph by Backman.

Feb 12, 2017

All the feels! Heartwarming. Charming. Heart-wrenching. Tear-jerking. Endearing. This book just made my heart smile.

Feb 07, 2017

If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would

Jan 16, 2017

I'll admit that I thought this book was going to be 100% fantasy, but surprisingly it wasn't; and I'm not disappointed. I loved how Fredrik Backman tied the fantasy in with the real life circumstances that the characters were dealing with. I also liked the fact that Britt-Marie (the main character in his novel, Britt-Marie was Here) was also one of the main characters in this book. Since I had already read her story (and loved it!), I was able to appreciate her character even more in My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry.

Although the story is based on the relationship between a 7-year old girl and her grandmother, this is definitely not a children's book, so parents shouldn't assume it's like the Harry Potter series. Still, I enjoyed the story and will definitely read more of Fredrik Backman's novels.

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Aug 23, 2016

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales"--


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