Young Adult


My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, by Fredrik Backman (2015)

The author of this book is Swedish. Maybe something was lost in translation, but I didn't much care for this novel. The novel follows a young girl named Elsa. She is 7 years old and has a very vivid imagination. Her parents are divorced and she lives with her mother and step-father. Her mother is pregnant with "Halfie" and is pre-occupied.  As a result, Elsa spends time with her grandmother.


Elsa was very close to her maternal mother. Her grandmother is an eccentric old woman in her late 70s. Her grandmother assisted when the devastating tsunami struck in the Indian Ocean in 2004. Elsa and her grandmother also are wrapped up in a fantasy world of stories in the Land-of-Almost Awake.


After the grandmother dies, Elsa decides to take the letters that grandmother wrote apologizing to people who had encountered and hurt during her lifetime. This leads a young girl running about town meeting up with an odd assortment of people.

I wanted to like this book, but it just was too much fantasy for me.