My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman, a Swedish writer, captured the attention of the publishing world when he released his first novel, A Man Called Ove. Then one year later in 2013, he put out My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. Both are complicated yet beautiful portraits of people connecting at opposite ends of life.
In My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, an eccentric, youthful grandmother (Granny) and a clever, wise almost-eight-year-old (Elsa), make for the perfect duo, especially when they create imaginative worlds. The Land of Almost Awake, perhaps initially created to help Elsa sleep, is accessible via cloud animals and is filled with fairy tales and characters with elaborate (often-true) backstories.
I love how Backman can be both playful and deep and transition between fantastical and stunningly realistic scenes with grace. He drops bits of wisdom throughout his tale, and I’ve underlined most of them. Here are a few articles and more than a few quotes I had to hold on to: