My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
In My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and quirky–as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers quirky. 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 meet all the people who live in her apartment building; drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
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. A Man Called Ove was also made into a feature length film that has two Oscar nominations. Many novels by Fredrik Backman can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library.
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