Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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

I'm a little non-plussed as to how to categorize this book-- fiction vs fantasy vs magical realism? Maybe a little of all of them? Regardless, there is some imagination used with the precocious main character Elsa, who, at 7, has read all of the Harry Potter books multiple times, and has the freedom, long denied most American kids to roam around the city on her own, at all times of day or night.

Aside from all that, the story premise was interesting. Young girl, closely bonded with her eccentric grandmother, is given a treasure hunt of a task when said grandmother conks. She is to deliver letters written to a number of people, along with the message that her grandmother asked her to tell them she's sorry.

It becomes clear that Granny was an amazing story-teller who created an entire universe and language which she told Elsa all about. But as Elsa finds out, the other world and our world have blurred boundaries, and things may not always be what they seem.

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1 comment:

  1. I think I'm going to have to read this. Sounds very interesting!