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

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

Eleanor was truly fascinating. A story that was touching, heartbreakingly emotional, genuine, and utterly remarkable.


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

Eleanor Oliphant Is
Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman


Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 9th 2017

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


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




This was my second book by Fredrik Backman.  I picked it without really reading the synopsis, after A Man Called Ove I couldn’t wait to read more by this author.

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.

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


Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-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 letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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

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Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

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