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

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Ebook

Dates Read: 4/28/19-4/30/19

Welcome to the week of Fredrik Backman! A quick heads up: Fredrik Backman tackles difficult topics in his writing. I will be doing my best throughout the week to give you warnings if I think something that is talked about is triggering, but I do absolutely love this author, and I really need to shut up now. But stick around all week because there will be posts every day with Saturday’s Let’s Talk all about why I love Backman. With all that being said, let’s get into the review!

Okay, so this one is hard to explain but I will try my best here. There is this girl named Elsa, who has a grandmother who is really sorry. Yep, that’s about it.

I’m done joking now. So Elsa, she is incredibly smart, but more than that she is incredibly wise. She can interpret the world extremely well, and she’s 7. So her grandmother, Granny, has this world called the Land-of-Almost-Awake, and specifically they hang out in Miamas. In this land, the currency is fairytales, and everything is measured in eternities. When Granny dies, she asks Elsa, the best knight in the land of Miamas, to go on a treasure hunt where she delivers letters to people. I bet you can’t guess what happens in the letters. But it’s this crazy story about love, tragedy, and life.

I guess now you want to know my thoughts: This book in my opinion is hard to keep up with. Almost all of this story is told through the Land-of-Almost-Awake, so there are A LOT of long-winded metaphors that can be really overwhelming. With that being said, I almost appreciated this book more because it was set in a way that children can understand. Death is an extremely universal constant in the world as we know it, so having a story that can not only address death, but do it in a way that can be swallowed by a child, is extremely important.

This week, I’m not going to be rating these stories, purely because I think that since I am focusing on this particular author, you probably have a pretty good idea what I think of their books. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas about this book or the blog in general, feel free to leave a comment or email me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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