Atria Books | Hardcover | 384 pages | ISBN 9781501115066 | $25.00
“Every bit as churlish but lovable as Backman’s cantankerous protagonist in his debut, A Man Called Ove (2014), precocious Elsa will easily work her way into the hearts of readers who like characters with spunk to spare. A delectable homage to the power of stories to comfort and heal, Backman’s tender tale of the touching relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter is a tribute to the everlasting bonds of deep family ties.” – Booklist (starred)
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-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 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.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
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8 thoughts on “Spotlight: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”
I loved A Man Called Ove and can’t wait to read this!
Me too…what Kathy said! Lol!
By title alone I am eager to read this book!
I meant to read A Man Called Ove sooner…now I must quickly get it…and then add this one, too. First of all, my Swedish grandmother was my storyteller, and now I already feel a connection to this “Swedish blogger and author” because of that background. And the characters sound so wonderfully quirky that I am sure to engage in the stories.
Thanks for sharing!
A Man Called Ove and this book are on my long long list.
Oh I so want to read this book… I am making sure my library has it on order.
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I am looking forward to reading this book. I picked it up at the BEA.
ENJOY your reading week.
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