Reading Sara Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman

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


Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (June 16, 2015)
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Reading Sara Rating: 8/10

RBG Rating

Reading Sara Review: If you followed my summer reading, then you know I fell in love with the book A Man Called Ove. The book snuck up on me, to be honest. But it has stuck with me months later, which is always a sign of a book that passes the test of time.

I was killing time at an airport recently, browsing the bookstore and came across My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I had already flagged it as a TBR before I realized it was the same author as A Man Called Ove. It felt like a sign and a perfect opportunity for a good book during a long trip.

Backman works his magic writing in this story too. A young girl, Elsa, has a special bond with her grandmother who tells her stories of adventure, teaches her a secret language, and is her hero when she doesn’t quite fit in. To the rest of the world, the grandmother is difficult, ornery, and defiant. In one of the first chapters, they are arrested together – and it quickly becomes apparent that this isn’t the police officer’s first run-in with Elsa’s grandmother.

When her grandmother falls ill, she sends Elsa on a quest delivering letters to people that she has wronged. The letter delivering takes Elsa on an adventure, discovering things about her grandmother and her neighbors that she never knew.

It’s a touching story, full of surprises and twists – with a lovely creative concept. In the end, the same moral of the importance of community and love rang true as it did in A Man Called Ove. This is certainly another one whose characters will live on in my mind for a long time.


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