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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is a heartbreaking and hilarious look at childhood, loss, grieving, family and community.
Author of A Man Called Ove, this book has everything that was delightful about his most well-known work but is, arguably, more charming. Grandmother follows around Elsa, a seven-going-on-eight-year-old, over the course of a few days when she loses her best friend, her grandmother. The two of them had an incredible bond and share the fairytale land, Miamas, where Elsa learns about love and bravery. Upon her grandmother’s death, Elsa is sent on a quest that introduces her to the people in her grandmother’s life, and her own.
The story is told effectively from this fiercely intelligent seven-year-old point of view, where the world is still simple, but complicated, steeped in imagination, and yet deeply knowledgeable about the things that are oh, so real.
Would I Recommend It?
This book made me laugh out loud, and cry like a seven-year-old. It is sweet and memorable. It’s an incredible reflection on what it’s like to be a child and a human, what matters, what doesn’t, and the power of relationships in our lives. I also liked this book even more than Ove because the tone is so sweet and interesting.
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