My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

January 24, 2018

Elsa is a seven-year-old girl who is not like the typical seven year old. Her grandmother is a seventy years old and crazy. Not only is she the neighbourhood crazy lady, she is Elsa’s best and only friend. But when her grandmother dies, she seeks refuge in the Land-of Almost- Awake, the imaginary land that she and her grandmother called their own, and ponders her many unanswered questions. Before her grandmother died, she left a series of letters for Elsa to give to the people that her grandmother wronged during her life. While Elsa goes on this journey with her neighbours in her apartment building, whom she thought she hated, she realized that there’s more to their stories than just their cold personalities.

Written by Fredrik Backman, author of the the best-selling book A Man Called Ove, this book about the relationship between a grandmother and a granddaughter shows us the meaning of family and friendship. While it took some effort to follow the story line in the beginning, it was able to paint a very clear picture of what the author wanted the reader to gain for the story.

At first when I started reading this book, I expected that it might have a very generic storyline in which the main characters lose someone close to them in their lives and then learn that their lives are full of many more adventures than they thought. Even though that is one of the many points of the story, I was surprised about the events that took place in the book.

The story was full of many surprising moments, one of which is when we come to the realisation that the make believe land was created by Elsa’s grandmother for the children she met during the war.

This is a book that everyone should read.

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