I just finished a really great book – My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. 🙂 I just love diving into a story that I know nothing about, with zero expectations and being so pleasantly surprised!
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 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.
This is a wonderful story! It is a beautiful combination of fairytale mixed with reality. Although Elsa is young, she is wise beyond her years. Think Flavia de Luce from Allen Bradley’s books.
Elsa, tho, is wise and curious in a very different way. She seems to understand the intricacies of language and fantasy. She is compassionate, yet strong. She is whimsical, yet literal. She is a self-proclaimed reader of “great literature” like Harry Potter and a big believer in everyone’s Super Powers.
After Granny’s death, she leads Elsa on a journey of discovery that she has been preparing Elsa for through fairytales. Elsa learns about family, friends, and the power of relationships.
I fell in love with Granny immediately. Probably because she reminded me so much of Big Jon’s Grandma Lucy.
Grandma Lucy was always explaining to me the importance of WONDER. Especially for children. She’d say things to The Warriors like, “I wonder what that cloud is made of?” ” I wonder why Christmas tree’s are green?” ” I wonder what it would be like to be a sea turtle?” And so on.
In the story Granny creates fairy tales with cloud animals, and “worses”, and dragons, and castles, and princesses, and every other wonderful or horrible thing a fairy tale needs.
The beautiful thing is that she is teaching Elsa many things she will need to know for life in this real world. Wonderful!
In the story Elsa measures time in “Eternities” which prompted me to think about how to measure these book reviews. You know, like stars or popcorn boxes or something. I would definitely give this book 4 somethings…