Books from the Backlog #294

Posted November 30, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 6 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #294My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Narrator: Joan Walker
Published by Simon and Schuster Audio on June 16, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes
Pages: 384
Source: Purchased
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A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers 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 instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales 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 bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

Why did I add My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry to my bookshelf?

I have only read one book by this author so far and want to read more. A Man Called Ove was a fantastic book so I saw this audiobook on sale, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing a copy. The reviews on Goodreads are overwhelmingly positive so I am hopeful that I will enjoy this one when I get around to reading it.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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6 responses to “Books from the Backlog #294

  1. I tried to read this book once, but I just wasn’t in the right mood for it, so I didn’t finish it. But I think I should try it again sometime because so many people do really love it.

  2. I can’t believe I haven’t even read A Man Called Ove after loving the movie adaption. This does sound great so I hope you can squeeze it in at some point.

  3. I need to give Backman another try. I really liked Ove but there were a couple of things that didn’t work for me so I haven’t read anything else by him. This one sounds really great!