My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman



“Every seven-year-old deserves a superhero.  That’s just how it is.”  A great opening to a book that was great on every page.  The seven-year-old in question is Elsa and her granny is her best friend and superhero.  After granny dies she sends Elsa on a quest to deliver letters to many people and in delivering these letters Elsa begins to understand how her real world is completely linked to the fantasy world of granny’s stories.

This is my second Backman book and here’s what I love about them:

  1.  All the characters matter.  Even if they seem minor they have some important connection to the whole. Some don’t even have proper names but they matter all the same.
  2. The writing is amazingly clever and descriptive:  “The winter air bites at Elsa; it feels like she’s being yanked out of a boiling hot bath by her hair. “

I really enjoyed his first book, A Man Called Ove and I am looking forward to the next one, Britt Marie Was Here.

Source:  public library e-book

audience:  of interest to adults, but certainly appropriate for high school


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