My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Large Print - 2015
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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.
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.
"My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry "is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's internationally bestselling debut novel, "A Man Called Ove." It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2015
©2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410481917
1410481913
Branch Call Number: F Backman
Characteristics: 553 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-

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Frey29
May 07, 2019

This book is fantastical and unbelievable, but it's so sweet and interesting that I loved it. The characters are varied and interesting. Enjoyable read. Not for children.

so we have come so far from 'momma said to knock you out.'

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snailgem
Mar 21, 2019

Loved the relationship between the kid and the gramma. Plus their awesome adventures. I did lose interest about halfway thru, I think because it involved so much fantasy.

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InsJavert
Jan 29, 2019

This is the third book by Fredrik Backman I have read. This alone should give you a hint I like his work. It is more than just liking his stories. Mr. Backman writes about subject matter and characters that, well to say the least, are not subjects or individuals normally written about. In fact, I would venture to say, Mr. Backman has a wondrous gift of developing a story about the out of the ordinary people.

In general, Mr. Backman's characters are those we would generally shy away from or be very annoyed with and naturally stay away from or at a minimum, look down our noses at and tolerate them to the best we can without trying to really get to know them or understand them. They are people who just don't quite fit in with the "normal" people. Because of this, Mr. Backman brings you to see not just these characters, but all people, in a bit of a different light.

From these characters, he builds a heartfelt and touching story about life. His style is not hard or terrible dark, but there is not icing on this cake. Its just plain cake. So, between other than ordinary (not to special) characters and a story line that is not always so nice, you are drawn into a tale, wonderfully told, finely interwoven, and utterly captivating, which in the end, portrays or paints a side of life and the people on the fringes who just don't fit in anywhere else, that has touched your heart, enlivened your spirit, and maybe even touch that spark of compassion and understanding we should have for everyone, no matter who they are.

Mr. Backman style is so different, refreshing and provocative, because of the characters and story line. Because he broaches aspects of life and people which would probably be avoided by anyone else, but he has the gift to bring this thistle to full bloom and shows us how to see its beauty and purpose in life.

I will be reading more of Mr. Backman's books and look forward to see what he writes next. I would suggest you do the same, you won't regret it.

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LibraryLES
Jan 01, 2019

I love the characters that the author creates and enjoyed this story. I didn't love the fantasy element to the story and found it confusing at times but liked the story none-the-less.

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burdeckija
Dec 26, 2018

Recommended by Elaine. This was a fabulous book.

Kstobo Dec 08, 2018

I really enjoyed this one, after reading 'A Man Called Ove'. My only complaint is I always end up crying, though I won't spoil why. But even with the tissues, I laughed and felt thoughtful, and thoroughly immersed myself in the author's writing style. Next one up is 'Britt-Marie Was Here', and I'm liking that one so far too

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NedSu
May 22, 2018

A magical read, finely crafted. The fairy tales are integral to the story of the 'real world', so if you don't grasp the fairy tales, you will miss part of what makes the book so well written. If you have trouble with 'the willing suspension of disbelief', this may not be for you. The protagonist is a 7 year old that almost anyone wishes they had been, sage and funny beyond her years. She was raised on fairy tales and they guide her as she makes her way in the muggle world. Events in the novel could happen to an 'almost 8' year old- death, divorce, new baby in the family, even bullying and child abduction. How she reacts and learns from these incidents is at the heart of what makes this such a mystical realism read.

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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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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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