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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry


From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a 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.

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.

Title:My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:372 pages
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  • Elyse
    Apr 29, 2015

    Brilliant... Fabulous!!!! Endearing!!! Insightful!!!! Giggles.... Chuckles.... Tears.... Crying.... (sometimes all at the same time)! Fredrik Beckman, author of "A Man Called Ove", does it again... ma...

  • Angela M
    Apr 13, 2015

    4+ StarsAt the heart of the story is a seven year old girl without friends, an outsider in her school who is loved deeply by her cantankerous , seventy-seven year old grandmother. I was taken by Elsa ...

  • Margitte
    May 16, 2015

    Children's characters, such as Pippi Longstocking, and Sophie of Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder , comes to mind, reading this book. Seven-year-old Elsa was a good combination of the two. Wild, nai...

  • Suzanne Ross
    Jun 25, 2015

    This one didn't work for me. Too much story telling within the story. I found myself getting irritated with all of the names of the places in the Land of Almost Asleep. I appreciated the viewpoint of ...

  • Julie
    Mar 07, 2017

    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman is a 2015 Atria publication. I read “Britt-Marie was Here” a while back and really liked it. It was suggested to me several ti...

  • Seemita
    Aug 03, 2016

    [Originally appeared here (with edits):]Ah! What have I read here? A delightful take on life? A sensitive take on grief? A wise take on relationships? Perhaps ...

  • Susan Crowe
    Sep 02, 2015

    Ok, after a good night sleep, I can tell how I feel about this book. I don't think I've ever read a book that had me feeling so many emotions AT ONE TIME. There were times I was LMAO with tears rollin...

  • Maxwell
    May 13, 2016

    Fredrik Backman is truly a wonderful storyteller. He creates such unique and fun characters and puts them into such endearing, heartwarming stories. I grew to love Elsa and her grandmother, along with...

  • Phrynne
    Apr 03, 2015

    I seem to have ageist issues with this author's books. In A Man Called Ove the main character was in his fifties and acted like a man of 85. In this book the main character is seven and acts as if she...

  • Annet
    Mar 25, 2017

    Review to follow. Took me some time to get past a let's say 3.2 rating. The final chapters pushed me over 3.5. Heartwarming story about families and people living in one house and specifically a littl...