My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Fredrik Backman Henning Koch


My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • Title: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
  • Author: Fredrik Backman Henning Koch
  • ISBN: 9781501115066
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover



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 nobodyElsa 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.


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Brilliant Fabulous!!!! Endearing!!! Insightful!!!! Giggles. Chuckles. Tears. Crying. (sometimes all at the same time)! Fredrik Beckman, author of "A Man Called Ove", does it again manages not only to write a unique-charming-heartwarming novel.but he has created extraordinary memorable characters, 'AGAIN'!!! Elsa is the greatest combinations of both her parents, and grandparents, but mostly she is unique and different. Precocious, and lovable! Grandmother is eccentric, a little nutty, a superhero [...]

4+ StarsAt the heart of the story is a seven year old girl without friends, an outsider in her school who is loved deeply by her cantankerous , seventy-seven year old grandmother. I was taken by Elsa and her grandmother from the very beginning. It's the story of the beautiful legacy that a grandmother leaves her granddaughter. Granny may seem crazy but she is such a very loving grandmother to Elsa that the things she does while they seem crazy , can be so easily forgiven by the reader once her s [...]

This one didn't work for me. Too much story telling within the story. I found myself getting irritated with all of the names of the places in the Land of Almost Asleep. I appreciated the viewpoint of our precocious little protagonist at times, but most often found it frustrating. She could be so insightful about certain things, yet so obtuse in that we seemed to miss big chunks of the greater picture (or at least, I did). All of this sleeping in wardrobes and popping out to visit faraway lands l [...]

Children's characters, such as Pippi Longstocking, and Sophie of Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, comes to mind, reading this book. Seven-year-old Elsa was a good combination of the two. Wild, naive, and philosophical. Precocious, brattish and different. Elsa knew very well what grown-ups meant when they described her as'very grown-up for her age'. What they actually meant was 'she is massively annoying for her age', which they directed at her parents with strained smiles spread all over their [...]

Ok, after a good night sleep, I can tell how I feel about this book. I don't think I've ever read a book that had me feeling so many emotions AT ONE TIME. There were times I was LMAO with tears rolling down my face. Once, towards the end, I was sobbing so hard, I was afraid my husband would hear me in the next room. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME book!!!!

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman is a 2015 Atria publication. I read “Britt-Marie was Here” a while back and really liked it. It was suggested to me several times that I should go back and read this book because Brit-Marie is a secondary character here and this book is a segue into BMWH. I am glad I was gently nudged to read this book and I couldn’t have chosen a better time to read this one. After having read several books in a row with melancholy them [...]

[Originally appeared here (with edits): timesofindiadiatimes/li]Ah! What have I read here? A delightful take on life? A sensitive take on grief? A wise take on relationships? Perhaps all of it. And more.At the centre of this book, is an almost-eight-years old, Elsa. When her best (and quirky) friend, her grandmother, leaves her a series of letters upon her death to be delivered to their intended receivers, she sets onto a thrilling journey of discoveries. What was the primary purpose of the lett [...]

I seem to have ageist issues with this author's books. In A Man Called Ove the main character was in his fifties and acted like a man of 85. In this book the main character is seven and acts as if she is 17. However if I ignore that I did enjoy the story and found it to be a light, entertaining read, not quite as interesting as Ove, but still okay.

This was a tough one to bear after loving Ove sooooo much. Sure, I liked Elsa well enough, 7 going on 8, and Granny was pretty amazing, but the constant reverting to fairytale land made this such a disappointment for me, I was ready to ditch it several times. There was a story to be told but with too many distractions; too many things to NOT like along the way. On the audio, read with a nice British accent, I couldn't be sure of any spellings (or obviously of my hearing); so please bear with me [...]

Review to follow. Took me some time to get past a let's say 3.2 rating. The final chapters pushed me over 3.5. Heartwarming story about families and people living in one house and specifically a little girl and her grandmother. Sometimes the story dragged on a bit, the fairytaleworld stories did not really appeal to me. Grandma is hilarious. Thinking about this Author is talented for sure. A man called Ove was a stronger story for me. I am looking forward to Bear Town, which seems like a great o [...]

Fredrik Backman is truly a wonderful storyteller. He creates such unique and fun characters and puts them into such endearing, heartwarming stories. I grew to love Elsa and her grandmother, along with Alf, George, The Monster and the wurse—and Britt-Marie, who is the main character in another of his novels!This story itself was very similar to one of my favorite books,Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was a bit strange. I didn't realize until near the end how very similar the two stor [...]

For all it made me feel, I declared Fredrik Backman's debut novel, A Man Called Ove my favourite book of 2014 and My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry is now my favourite of 2015.Elsa is an improbably precocious but utterly adorable seven year old girl who loves her grandmother, Harry Potter and , in that order. Bullied at school, Granny is Elsa's best and only friend, her guide to the Land-of-Almost-Awake, a dreamscape of fairy tales, magic and adventure that comforts them both when [...]

I jumped on this one because of the strength of “A Man Called Ove”, which is about a depressed old curmudgeon sparked into living again by an odd and multicultural set of neighbors. But then I learn it’s about a precocious Swedish girl at seven going on eight and some kind of fairy-tale quest guided by letters from her grandmother. I start to put up resistance and read along with a chip in my shoulder. Not to worry. We don’t wallow in cuteness here, and there are a series of real life my [...]

Remember how I read this book? Because I sure don’t.What stands out in my mind is that I was able to finish this book when I was finishing literally zero books. But liken’t let that make you think it was easy. It was Not. Every page I read was a gargantuan effort. Most of this got done by me literally spending one (1) entire evening reading this book. And I only did it because I told someone I was going to be spending my night reading, and that made me feel pressured to do so.I do not hate t [...]

I may write a full review at a later date, but this book just didn't contain the magic that A Man Called Ove had. It is narrated from the perspective of a seven year-old girl who is precocious to the point of being unbelievable. Backman's talent lies in creating witty, cynical, elderly characters, which he should stick to because there really are so few books centred around older men and women. However, after Elsa's grandmother dies (near the beginning), the book quickly lost its sparkle.

This was such an endearing story about a savvy and witty almost-eight-year-old girl (who seems to be going on forty-something!) and her hilarious but prickly grandmother! Fredrik Backman has written a very imaginative book with a cast full of very eccentric and interesting characters. Elsa lives with her mother and step-dad; the anticipated arrival of the yet-unborn sibling "Halfie" worries Elsa who feels she will be forgotten. These three live in a building shared with such occupants as Elsa’ [...]

“One day at a time. One dream at a time. And one could say it’s right and one could say it’s wrong. And probably both would be right. Because life is both complicated and simple. Which is why there are cookies.”― Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry I really loved this book! I was inclined to like it because Britt-Marie Was Here left such an impression, but I honestly can't say now which of the two books I liked better! Backman is definitely an author I will [...]

What a remarkable book. A combination of fantasy and brutal reality, pretend worlds and very everyday now. A 7 (about to turn 8) year old girl and her eccentric (to put it mildly) grandmother, live by their own rules while their mother/daughter holds a responsible, uninteresting job at the local hospital. Grandmother enlists Elsa in her antics and Elsa is a willing henchman while Granny helps to offset the bullying Elsa experiences regularly at school.Granny has created a world through stories, [...]

I am sure that my review of this book will go against the main streamever.Had this been the first book I read by Backman I would have stopped there. I really disliked this book. The absolute only redeeming quality that I felt it had was the cross over of characters from his other books. Luckily I had already read "A Man Called Ove" and "Britt-Marie". I felt that there was way too much time and too many pages put into the fairy tales. A bit of back story was needed, but I was tired of the non-sto [...]

Thank you to the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. A high 4 stars. This book was written by the same author who wrote A Man Called Ove, which I loved. Backman's first book crept up on me unexpectedly. Reading My Grandmother was a similar experience with the added challenge of high expectations. At first, I thought "ok, this is good, it has funny parts and a quirky central character, but it's a bit messy and I'm having trouble [...]

3.5 Stars "As Granny would say, this story is 'reality challenged'."If you are fan of Harry Potter and monstrous fairytales with secret languages, you are going to love this delightful tale with a crazy (and funny as hell) superhero granny who sends her beloved (and brainy) granddaughter Elsa on a treasure hunt to deliver sorry letters that uncover some pretty amazing stories.While I did enjoy this uniquely told account from the world of fantasy, I did not love it like A Man Called Ove. For me, [...]

تجربه خوندن «مردي به نام اوه» انتظارم رو از بكمن بالا برده بود. انتظاري كه تو اين كتاب برآورده نشد :( خيلي خوب شروع شد ولي وسطهاش ديگه واقعا خسته كننده شده بود دوست دارم بدونم چرا بكمن اين قدر طولاني كرده اين كتابو نزديك به پونصد صفحه ست نهايتا ميتونست تو دويست صفحه خيلي خوب جمع [...]

Τι γλυκό και υπέροχο παραμύθι ήταν αυτό! Πόσο αστείο και συγκινητικό και υπέροχο!Η Έλσα είναι εφτά χρονών και σε λίγο θα γίνει οχτώ. Της αρέσει ο Χάρι Πότερ, ο Άρχοντας των Δαχτυλιδιών, ο Σπάιντερμαν, οι X-Men και η Βικιπαίδεια και έχει την καλύτερη γιαγιά στον κόσμο που τυχαίνε [...]

I read Backman's first book, A Man Called Ove, and found it a short and delightful read. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorryonly has slight glimpses of what Backman is capable. It certainly lacks the charm of his first book.There is a large cast of characters, each with their own stories and each drawn very sharply, and most important, each is weird in their own specific manner. Elsa, the protagonist, is a seven year old child, who behaves like a 17 year old frustrated teen. She is ' [...]

This was a tough one to bear after loving a Man Called Ove so much! Sure I liked Elsa well enough and Granny was pretty amazing too but the constant reverting to fairytale land made this such a disappointment for me. I almost ditched it a few times.Protecting a child from harsh reality with fantasy could be a beautiful story. I felt that the delivery of this concept was confusing and overbearing.I struggled with the first third of the book. I couldn’t quite figure out where the story was leadi [...]

“Every seven-year-old deserves a superhero. That’s just how it is.“ For Elsa, her grandmother is her superhero, however as the book progresses Elsa begins to notices superpowers in all those close to her. This book has a childlike honesty and curiosity to it. It is told from Elsa’s 7 year old perspective. There is much humor and sweetness to this book.It is a heartwarming quirky tale that begins with the relationship between a grandmother and her 7 year old granddaughter. Granny is eccen [...]

Couldn't wait to read this since it's by the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove. This books packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven year old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales and her grandmother. I had a little trouble at the beginning following all the fairy tale references and believing a seven year old could be this smart/brave/wise. Then I remembered Pippi Longstoc [...]

it was an okay read. not as funny as i'd hoped. the whole "granny acting like a child and a child acting like an adult" is a no go for me. The kid was too smart, too wise for her age which made her character unrealistic and unrelatable. and her grandmother going around throwing stuff at the police and breaking into a zoo with A 7 year old tagging along (after she ran away from her home at midnight_but hey her mom and her granny are neighbors so that makes it okay, right? RIGHT???) is just stupid [...]

My Video Review:youtu/MBEAGPMy5PgQuite frankly, I loved it. I did receive a copy of this book through BookTube Tours run by Grace from LovingDemBooks, but the opinions stated herein are my own. I'm not the biggest reader of literary fiction, so I'm not sure how this compares. However, I found it incredibly heartwarming and moving. My biggest pro for this book is Granny. She is so wild, chaotic, and cantankerous, but she's also the best grandmother you could ever have and loves fiercely. She's de [...]

خب بعد از خوندن مردی به نام اوه، توقعم از بکمن خیلی بیشتر از این حرفا بود، چون کتاب دومی بود که نوشته بود و بعد از اون همه محبوبیت دوست داشتم کتاب قوی تر از این حرفا باشه. اما با این حال، کتاب بدی نبود، سطح متوسط بود و به نظرم شاید باید قبل از مردی به نام اوه چاپ میشد تا یه سیر صعود [...]


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