My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 141 Ratings


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.


  • Forgettable

    By Raks&k
    After reading A Man called Ove, this was very disappointing. Was hoping for another page turner. Too much fantasy. Too much detail. Boringly so, skipped a lot of pages. It had a good plot, but it got too imaginary for me.
  • Must read

    By Love Elsa @ incredible book
    Incredible book. Read this after an old man named ove. Have to say - I love this book even more! Made me laugh made me cry. Takes you on a wonderful journey. Now I'm sad that I finished it.
  • Awesome read

    By Amber1213
    It was amazing how everything came together. the end had me bawling can wait to read the Britt-Marie book
  • Best

    By The YA Wizard
    This book is amazing. Please read it.
  • Its a captivating read!

    By Stephanie Bains Books
    I honestly dont know where to start. While i had an issue with pacing in the beginning it was never not emotional or beautiful. Backmans writing is beautiful in that natural speaking way. His writing makes you feel included in the story not just an observer. But also this was much much more than I was expecting. Its full of imagination, sorrow, laughter, loss, love, forgiveness, friendship and acceptance of feelings, differences in personality and just everything. How one person can affect so many lives and how so many lives can be tangled with each other. Its possible i have never felt so emotional when reading a novel. It was so easy to relate to elsa for many reasons. It was beautiful. *i received this book for free through booktube tours in exchange for an honest review*
  • Possibly the best book ever

    By Red-headed Witch
    I am far too old to cry over fictional characters. Or possibly not, because I did.
  • A sweet story

    By BPF72
    I bought this book after reading (and falling in love with!) A Man Called Ove. While this book took me a while to get into, I still loved the characters and the unique way the story was told. I didn't really care for the fairy tales in the book; I found them hard to follow and sometimes boring - I understand how they tied the story together, I just didn't care for that side of it. Overall, a good, thought-provoking book.
  • My Gramdmother Asked Me To Tell You See's Sorry

    By 1DalMom
    Wow! Just...Wow!
  • Loved this book!

    By ClouQ
    This is a most enchanting story. Granny is every grand child's dream grandparent. The story comes together just as Granny's fairy tales rivet the reader. I highly recommend this book.
  • A Zany Wonderful Read

    By Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered
    Oh my goodness how I loved this book. I think that everyone should have a touch of Granny in them and that every child needs someone like Granny throughout their childhood. I have to qualify though that as much as I would love to know granny, I would not want her for a relative, unless I was seven (almost eight). The story centers upon two important characters with an eclectic ensemble cast. Our first character of primary importance is Elsa who is struggling to overcome her perceived differences from other children along with nightmares and a full bucket of fears. Granny is our second character of note. Granny is like no other Granny. Honestly, she is a kick…when you are reading about her. Again, tough for grownups to have as a relative! Granny is gifted with an unbounding imagination with which she cleverly helps Elsa accept herself and her life as it was given to her. Elsa is taken on a journey like none other where she learns that even if she is a little bit different that there is an incredible value in just being herself. I love this quote that comes from Elsa’s narrative: "Elsa also loves treasure hunts, but not as much as Granny. No one in any kingdom in the eternity of ten thousand fairy tales could love them like she does. She can make anything into a treasure hunt: if they’ve been out shopping and Granny can’t remember where she parked Renault; or when she wants Elsa to go through her mail and pay her bills because Granny finds this insanely boring; or when there’s a sports day at school and Elsa knows the older children are going to lash her in the shower with rolled-up towels. Granny can make a parking area into magic mountains, and rolled-up towels into dragons that must be outsmarted. And Elsa is always the heroine." One adventure was traded for another upon Elsa’s birth. Granny had kind of stunk as a parent to Elsa’s mom as she was primarily traveling the world round on medical aid missions. Elsa is her opportunity to make up for some lost family time. Not surprisingly, with Granny’s uhhhhhmmm “adventurous spirit”, in close quarters she tends to get on absolutely everyone’s last nerve. Fortunately though, Elsa knows "that all of the things that Granny did were for [her] sake". People that live life full on are known to step on toes occasionally, in actuality everyone can, but crazy grannies do it more; hence the need for her to say that she’s sorry. As Granny is coming close to death she creates a treasure hunt for Elsa. Don’t forget that Granny loves treasure hunts! The tasks that Elsa is given help her to understand Granny and the people who live around her in a better way while simultaneously offering closure for those from whom Granny seeks forgiveness. It brings a whole group of people together who had lived separate lives within close proximity. Each one of them shared a common tie to Granny but were not much more than neighbors in the same building. Through this adventure community is born. Through this adventure a child is healed. Don’t miss this read. It will fill you with laughter, it will have you shaking your head, it will make you wonder how much crazier the story can get, and it will make you shed a tear or two. I was given this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. My many thanks to the author and publisher for this privilege.