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

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

By Fredrik Backman

  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 300 Ratings


A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers 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 instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales 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 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.


  • My granny asked me to tell you she’s sorry

    By digivens
    I read, “a man called Ove” enjoyed it so very much that I had to read “Britt Marie” and that I enjoyed but not as much as “Ove” and then of course I had to read “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” which I am still reading...but it is one of the best books (Awesome)I’ve ever read and i have shed tear after tears because at 65 yrs of age I wish I still had my granny she left me way to soon. Thank you Elsa for bringing my granny back into my life in a crazy sort of way. I’m sure I’ll read all three of these books again sometime in the near future...thank your Mr Beckman
  • Amazed

    By Hunter 🏹🏹🏹😁
    I am still reading this book and it is definitely one of my most favorite books that I have read. I cannot wait to read "A Man Called Ove" after this book. I have heard such good things about it.
  • Loved it

    By Cut wood
    A very pleasant book. It took a little time to get into it But worth the wait.
  • Forgettable

    By Raks&k
    After reading A Man called Ove, this was very disappointing. Was hoping for another page turner. Too much fantasy. Too much detail. Boringly so, skipped a lot of pages. It had a good plot, but it got too imaginary for me.
  • Must read

    By Love Elsa @ incredible book
    Incredible book. Read this after an old man named ove. Have to say - I love this book even more! Made me laugh made me cry. Takes you on a wonderful journey. Now I'm sad that I finished it.
  • Awesome read

    By Amber1213
    It was amazing how everything came together. the end had me bawling can wait to read the Britt-Marie book
  • Best

    By The YA Wizard
    This book is amazing. Please read it.
  • Its a captivating read!

    By Stephanie Bains Books
    I honestly dont know where to start. While i had an issue with pacing in the beginning it was never not emotional or beautiful. Backmans writing is beautiful in that natural speaking way. His writing makes you feel included in the story not just an observer. But also this was much much more than I was expecting. Its full of imagination, sorrow, laughter, loss, love, forgiveness, friendship and acceptance of feelings, differences in personality and just everything. How one person can affect so many lives and how so many lives can be tangled with each other. Its possible i have never felt so emotional when reading a novel. It was so easy to relate to elsa for many reasons. It was beautiful. *i received this book for free through booktube tours in exchange for an honest review*
  • Possibly the best book ever

    By Red-headed Witch
    I am far too old to cry over fictional characters. Or possibly not, because I did.
  • A sweet story

    By BPF72
    I bought this book after reading (and falling in love with!) A Man Called Ove. While this book took me a while to get into, I still loved the characters and the unique way the story was told. I didn't really care for the fairy tales in the book; I found them hard to follow and sometimes boring - I understand how they tied the story together, I just didn't care for that side of it. Overall, a good, thought-provoking book.