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

In another intriguing tale from the author of A Man Called Ove, you meet a collection of characters living in an apartment complex in Britain. Elsa is a young girl trying to find her way in a world where she doesn’t fit. Her grandmother is her best friend and with a penchant for mischievousness- the two often get up to trouble in hilarious ways. But when Elsa’s grandmother passes, she is propelled on a treasure hunt where she must deliver”sorry” letters from Granny to various people- each letter providing the clue to finding the next stashed letter.

The journey helps Elsa make new friends and form a community with the those living in her complex. Backman weaves a fantasy world which intersects reality, providing Elsa a security blanket while she learns to stand on her own. A must read novel reminding us all to embrace one another for our differences and never lose touch with the magical world of our youth.

– Michel Hammes, John’s Island Regional Library, John’s Island, S.C.

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