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


Title: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

Author: Fredrik Backman

Published: Atria Books June 2015

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from June 14 to 15, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/netgalley}

My Thoughts:

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 Wikipedia, 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 life is difficult, and her very own superhero.

She shouldn’t take any notice of what those muppets think, says Granny. Because all the best people are different – look at superheroes.”

Just before Granny dies she presses an envelope into Elsa’s hand, and asks her granddaughter to deliver a letter.

“Give the letter to him who’s waiting. He won’t want to accept it, but tell him it’s from me. Tell him your granny sends her regards and says she’s sorry”

And so begins Elsa’s adventure, part quest, part treasure hunt, part superhero mission, Granny’s letter leads Elsa first to the door of a wurse, and then The Monster (also known as Wolfheart), another letter leads her to the Sea-Witch and yet another much later to the Princess of Miploris. With each letter, offering apologies and regrets, Elsa unravels the truth about the fairy tales that form the foundation of the Land-of-Almost-Awake, and the secrets of her grandmother’s exceptional life.

“Elsa doesn’t know if this means that Granny took all her stories from the real world and placed them in Miamas, or if the stories from Miamas became so real that the creatures came across to the real world. But the Land-of-Almost-Awake and her house are obviously merging.”

In My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Backman weaves a creative tapestry of the ordinary together with the extraordinary. Characters that are real, flawed yet magnificent, or as Granny puts it,

“no one is entirely a sh*t and almost no one is entirely not a sh*t”.

It tells a story that is both wise and insightful, absurd and wondrous as it explores the themes of grief, love, difference, connection, regrets and forgiveness.

Funny, moving, heartfelt and inspiring, it made me laugh and cry.
Not five stars but ten… at least!


Available to Purchase From

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate W
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 19:02:17

    I LOVED Ove as well. Looking forward to this one – it’s on my 20 Books of Summer (Winter) reading list.



  2. amanda @ go book yourself
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 20:57:08

    The cover drew me to this post and it sounds like a really interesting read! Going to add it to the list!



  3. Lloyd Russell
    Jun 16, 2015 @ 23:15:12

    I better get to “Ove.” I keep seeing it come up but haven’t made any effort to get it yet. I’ll have to at least add it to the TBR pile.



  4. laurelrainsnow
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 05:38:28

    I haven’t read A Man Called Ove, but I must. And I love the sound of this one…you had me at the grandmother/granddaughter relationship. I have personally experienced that special quality from both sides: as a granddaughter and as a grandmother. Thanks for sharing…this one is now on my list.

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  5. elimy293
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 17:04:05

    Interesting! The edition I have is called My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologies.



  6. Marisa@TheDailyDosage
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 12:33:35

    I loved Ove and don’t know how, for the life of me, that I missed the release of this book! Going now to place this book on hold at the library…great review!



  7. MaryEve
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 02:00:44

    Thanks for this wonderful review. I recently acquired this title. I’m definitely moving this one up in my “Next Five TBR”. Sounds like an enjoyable tale.



  8. MarthaE
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 12:39:59

    So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.



  9. Deborah
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 09:28:19

    Oh… I didn’t see this book come out for review but then started seeing it everywhere and thought it sounded fabulous. Then I read a couple of negative reviews so wasn’t sure but now I again want to read it!!!



  10. Teddyree
    Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:22:03

    Wow! I loved Ove so I’m trusting you on this one too 🙂



  11. readerbuzz
    Jun 29, 2015 @ 20:03:22

    Wow. One author and two favorite books-of-the-year? That’s impressive. Off to add to my wish list.



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