And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

  • and-every-morningTitle:  And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
  • Author:  Fredrik Backman
  • Genre:  Fiction
  • Pages:  96
  • Published:  November 2016 – Atria Books
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

My take:  This is a novella about a boy and his Grandpa. Noah and Grandpa have a wonderful relationship – one that Grandpa considers his second chance since he wasn’t always around for his son, Noah’s dad. Grandpa and Noahnoah (that’s what Grandpa calls him) “get” each other. They like the same things. When Grandpa starts forgetting things Noah reassures him even though he’s not quite sure what’s going on.

Fredrik Backman’s characters get to me every time. This time it’s a tale about life through the eyes of an old man and a little boy. Maybe it’s because of where I am in my own life that I could relate. Backman had me smiling on one page and tearing up on the next.

I liked the simple illustrations that were sprinkled through the novella. It took only an hour or so to read and I was left smiling as I turned the last page. It was lovely. Recommended.


18 thoughts on “And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

    • Lloyd, I forgot all about ‘Grandmother’! It’s the one Backman book that I didn’t read. I tried but it just didn’t grab me so I stopped – way before page 125. I know people who loved it so I may give it another try down the road.


  1. I’ve started A Man Called Ove a few times but haven’t finished it. I have Britt-Marie Was Here on my Kindle. I’d like to read this book and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry sometime.


  2. Mary, Thank you for this review. I’m also a fan of Fredrik Backman’s books – such wonderful characters! At only 96 pages I’ll probably be wishing for more! Adding this to my TBR list and looking forward to reading it!


  3. Did you see that story of the little girl who met the old man in the grocery store and their extraordinary friendship? I love stories centered around the very young and old–there is an innocence and traveled wisdom that just goes so well together 🙂


    • No, I’m not sure which story that is but I’m interested in finding out more! Well said about the innocence and traveled wisdom of a child and grandparent.


  4. I enjoyed Ove…and I have the grandmother book, which I have yet to read. I’ve seen some mixed reviews, so I have to be in the right frame of mind for it, I think.

    This one about Noah and his grandfather sounds good…I like when an author shows the grandparent/grandchild relationship.

    I’ve been curious about the other one, too: Britt-Marie Was Here.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. I have The Man Called Ove and The Grandmother book, but haven’t read either.

    I did read Britt Marie Was Here…I really liked it.

    This book sounds lovely.

    So nice when the generations connect.

    Thanks for sharing, Mary.


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