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 - 2016
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A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers 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 instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales 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 bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove . It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501115073
Branch Call Number: FIC BAC
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-- Translator


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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.

Dec 05, 2017

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

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.

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'.

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.

Oct 05, 2017

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

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.

Aug 18, 2017

Not a fan of fantasy, and at the onset of this book I was questioning my willingness to continue. So glad I persevered! The quirkiness of Grandma would easily be portrayed by the likes of Phyllis Diller, Cloris Leachman, or Carol Burnett, and it was a delight to read with them in mind. I agree it could have been told by a child older than this precocious seven year old, without losing anything. Dysfunctional people, heartbreak, betrayal, humour and a whole lotta love ~ a charming read!!

Sassers Jul 18, 2017

Written from a 7 year old girl's point of view. She and her grandmother travel to imaginary places and these trips come to life in the real world in which she lives. Author of A Man Called Ove.

SCL_Tricia Jun 03, 2017

A great story that weaves together in the end as you put together the fairy tales and the real world. So well written that I had to mark passages, something I don't often do.
It tells a story that is both wise and insightful, absurd and wondrous as it explores the themes of grief, love, difference, connection, regrets and forgiveness.
Funny, moving, heartfelt and inspiring, it made me laugh and cry. And not a pretty little cry, a full blown snot filled cry...twice.

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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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