Title: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Series: Yes, sort of
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Published Date: June 16th, 2015 (First published June 2013)
Genre: Fiction- Contemporary, Fantasy, Humor
Rating: 5 (BILLION) Stars
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
From the author of the internationally bestselling ‘A Man Called Ove’, a 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 Goodness. This is going to be my favorite read of April! Keira has once again picked a book that I have quite fallen in love with!
I loved all of the characters. Granny was a freaking riot, Elsa was sometimes a very big brat; as most 7-almost-8-year-olds, tend to be and at other times (most of the time) a very endearing child. I fell in love with every supporting characters story. Wolfheart, who has been irrevocably damaged from the things he had done in war; the woman in the black skirt who lost her family in a tsunami and is having trouble moving on, Maud and Lennart who have a son worth despising and trying to protect their grandson from said son, and even Britt-Marie who is in a terribly depressing marriage and is just trying to keep her head above water.
Each characters story is at some point tied to another’s and the thing keeping them together is Granny. However, Granny is not without her own set of problems and regrets. Upon her death she send Elsa on a quest to apologize to each house member for her, but this quest has much more meaning than a simple apology for all the wrongs her granny had committed.
This quest sends Elsa on a journey to knowing the people living in her home, and helps her heal after her Granny’s death; in turn Elsa is helping her flat mates to also take the step towards healing.
This book is extraordinary, and beautiful, and EVERYONE should read it ASAP!