My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Almost eight-year-old Elsa is different - a misfit who disappoints her parents and is tormented at school. Her only friend is an outlandish grandmother who has managed to alienate the cast of characters that populate their apartment building. When Granny dies, Elsa learns she is expected to convey at string of apologies on her Granny's behalf. Somewhat unwillingly, Elsa finds and delivers letters via a treasure hunt, following clues that lead her to realize there are others worthy of love who will love her in return. (Be sure to pay attention to the fairy-tales as you read.) Recommended for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman.

— Karen

July 2015 Indie Next List


“The ability to write with both humor and sadness, to tell fairy tales without becoming sappy, to convey real love and grief - these are Backman's remarkable gifts. Elsa is seven years old and curious about everything, braver than most adults, often difficult, and acutely aware of being an outsider. Her eccentric grandmother loves her fiercely and is willing to do many unusual things to bring joy and magic to Elsa's life. When her grandmother passes away, Elsa discovers the roles played by the quirky inhabitants of her life and begins to find her way through her grief and to the discovery that being different may be the magic that saves them all.”
— Luisa Smith (E), Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

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From the author of the internationally bestselling "A Man Called Ove," a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
"My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry "is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's internationally bestselling debut novel, "A Man Called Ove." It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410481917
ISBN-10: 1410481913
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2015
Pages: 594
Language: English