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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry:

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A June 2015 LibraryReads Pick

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

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 is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s internationally bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

Editorial Reviews

“Believable and fanciful. Backman’s smooth storytelling infuses his characters with charm and wit…A delightful story.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An eclectic cast of characters, fairy-tale wisdom, and a little mystery…one of our favorite novels of the year so far.”

SFGate.com

“Precocious Elsa will easily work her way into the hearts of readers who like characters with spunk to spare. A delectable homage to the power of stories to comfort and heal…[and] tribute to the everlasting bonds of deep family ties.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Backman continues to write with the same whimsical charm and warm heart as in his debut.”

Publishers Weekly

“Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences, Elsa’s story is one that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”

Library Journal

“A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Joan Walker narrates this delightful novel with a perfect balance of reverence and playfulness…The story is populated with a rainbow of eccentric characters, and Walker provides each a distinct persona…the audiobook is utterly enchanting.”

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Author Biography

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger and columnist. He is author of a work of nonfiction, Things My Son Needs to Know about Life, and A Man Called Ove, his first novel, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in its native country and will be published in more than twenty-five languages all over the world. He was reported the most successful author in Sweden in 2013.

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