My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
Published by Atria Books on June 16th 2015
Pages: 372
ISBN: 1501115065
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four-stars

Tomorrow I am going to send you out on the biggest treasure hunt you have ever seen, my brave little knight. Are you ready for that?

Elsa is 7 years old and a little different. Her Grandmother is 77 years old and the Queen of being different. Together they are best friends. Elsa’s Grandmother is a fantastic storyteller and is quite gifted at creating a world of fairy tales for her and Elsa to play in. The land of Almost Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas are places where everyone is different and no one is bullied.

Elsa lives with her pregnant Mother and Step Father. She sees her Father but their interactions are awkward and short lived. Elsa’s peers bully her constantly and she is frequently getting into trouble and/or beat up at school. She finds a champion in her Grandmother who seems to be the only person who understands her. Elsa is devastated when her Grandmother dies. But her Grandmother isn’t finished taking care of her yet, because she leaves behind a bunch of letters which she wants Elsa to deliver sending her on her most important journey yet.

Through the letters she learns more about her Grandmother and the life she had before she became Elsa’s Grandmother. Elsa who once felt small and alone soon learns that there are those who will rally around her, protect her and keep an eye out for her. One of my favorite parts of the book was not the fairy tale worlds but the conversation that Elsa has with her father who told her that he didn’t fight for custody of her because he did not want to take her away from her Grandmother.

This is a sweet story by the Author of “A Man called Ove”

four-stars

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
Published by Atria Books on July 15th 2014
Pages: 337
ISBN: 1476738017
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This book started slow for me and then gradually I found myself liking it more and more. I think this is what the Author’s intent was with Ove. We are instantly introduced to Ove and then the more we learn about him, the more we like him. There is more to Ove than the crabby exterior he presents to the world. As his wife once said “he is dancing on the inside”. Ove likes order, he likes rules, he thinks things should be a certain way and yet he lets a cast of characters into his life who don’t follow the rules, who fly by the seat of their pants and aren’t very orderly. This is the true beauty of the book. Under his stern, tough exterior there is a sweet man who returns a wallet full of money as child, a man who takes a train the wrong way to sit next to a woman, a man who teaches a woman to drive, takes in a misfit cat, befriends a young man and becomes a surrogate grandfather.

This was a moving book. At times funny, at times sad, but always good.

four-stars