My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

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Book - 2015
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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
ISBN: 9781501115066
1501115065
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-

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cmfrakes
Mar 10, 2018

Read this after reading his other book Ove. This story was not as good as Ove, but I do love this author's writing. He is such a good storyteller. My Grandmother is heartwarming, entertaining, comical and I loved how the story weaved itself out. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

SnoIsleLib_RobynY Feb 13, 2018

A heartwarming read; full laughs, cries, and inspiration. The wisdom of this Grandmother is as practical as it is humorous. The main character, Elsa, is a loveable 7 year old with an "old soul" who traverses the reader through her world of reality which is woven with fantasy in order to carry out her grandmother's last wishes. This is another must read from author Fredrik Backman.

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swheeler89
Jan 30, 2018

After reading A Man Called Ove, I have back tracked to read Backman's other works, and he consistently delivers. This is another wonderfully written gem, more of a feel good, choke you up while delivering laughs along the way. For me its behind Bear Town and A Man Called Ove - simply because at times it was tough to bounce back and forth to the "fairy tale land" that runs parallel to the story of the neighbors.

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reiyos
Jan 21, 2018

I don't have much patience for fantasy, however, I wish I had read with more attention the details of the "land of almost awake". Ultimately all of the details of the book (real and fantasy) come into play by the end of the book. While this book is well outside my normal read, the wisdom and antics of the child and the grandmother made this an enjoyable event for me.

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anniemae
Dec 05, 2017

Made me laugh and cry, another great read from the author of A man called Ove

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cbailey001
Nov 14, 2017

Loved this story of a young girl finding out who her grandmorther was before she was born. All interwoven into a grand fairy tale.

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dirtbag
Nov 02, 2017

I laughed, I cried, I was often confused and occasionally bored. It is still worth reading. Now that I have read two of the authors books I am getting more curious about who this man is in real life. He is as quirky as the author of 'The Goldfinch'.

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annagraceiaboni
Oct 16, 2017

This book is such a different read but a great one! I loved all of the characters and could not wait to see how their stories unfolded. It also had laugh out loud funny moments. At times the switch between reality and make believe could be confusing for me but overall I loved the book! Cannot wait to read more by this author.

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Carchick
Oct 05, 2017

Not like any book I've ever read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good read.

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ChesterChester
Sep 25, 2017

The main character is a small girl, and I love her. The people around her are bizarre but interesting. I found this to be an unusual read - and enthusiastically read to the very end which, at 52, I only do if I honestly care. I recommend it.

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maggielo
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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