The hilarious, heart-breaking new novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.
‘Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practise granny’s secret language, and a little because granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can’t quite put her finger on…’
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 runs to her grandmother’s stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There, everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
So when Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa’s greatest adventure. 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 Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
I have heard lots of great things about this author, especially about his first book A Man Called Ove, so was very intrigued to read My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and I am so glad I have because all I can say is WOW just WOW.
This is truly a lovely, heart warming and magical book. It is quite hard though for me to say which sort of category this book falls into. Due to there being quite a few swear words I would say it is almost like a children’s book but for young adults and adults. If it were not for the swear words I can imagine this book doing really well with children from the ages 9-10 upwards.
The beginning of the book with Elsa and her Granny are wonderful and I can imagine everyone wanting a Granny like Elsa’s after reading it. Saying that I found this story quite thought provoking as I couldn’t help but think about my own Gran and it brought back lots of fond memories that I have of her.
Elsa and her Granny are by far my favourite characters in this book. Through Elsa’s Granny leaving Elsa an adventure through letters that she has left behind, we are taken on a wonderful and at times magical adventure where we experience events and other characters through the perceptive of Elsa.
Though this book is full of adventure and fun, in parts it is slightly emotional and certainly makes you realise how special and magical a bond can be between a child and a grandparent.
Even though the story was originally published in a different language it has been beautifully translated into English and flows really well.
Many thanks to Bookbridgr and Sceptre Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review