This was my second book by Fredrik Backman. Going into it I didn’t really know what it would be about.
Elsa was seven years old and a very different child. She was incredibly eloquent, well read courtesy of wikipedia, and smart as a whip. Also she was quite a smarty pants and know it all. And her relationship with her grandmother was truly special. Actually so special that they had their own secret language that they conversed in anytime they didn’t want to be overheard, even in front of police officers. Her Grandmother told the most fascinating stories. Of cloud animals, princesses, fairytales, magic, and about a land far away where everything was possible. Her grandmother was dying of cancer and her last wish was for Elsa to go on a mission. She was supposed to deliver letters, so her Granny could apologize to people that she wronged during her lifetime. Each letter brought her to the next one, and so on. During that mission Elsa got to know the renters in her grandmother and her mother’s apartment building. Suddenly she was being forced to overcome her fears by communicating to adults that were in parts scary and mysterious. Elsa found out that the person she loved the most wasn’t as loving to everyone else as she was to her and it was quite a shock to her. But the letters helped her and everyone else involved to let go and to forgive.
It took me a good while to understand what Grandmother’s stories were all about. It was quite cleverly done. I particular liked Elsa’s character. She was a very unique character. Very vocal, and I had a blast every time she opened her mouth. Fredrik Backman definitely has a way with words. The story was quite fascinating and unique in its plot. The build up and how it all wrapped up in the end was beautifully done. It won’t be my last book by this author.