Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
First Published: 2013
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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.
Quotes from My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
Only different people change the world. No one normal has ever changed a crapping thing.
Because not all monsters were monsters in the beginning. Some are monsters born of sorrow.
I want someone to remember I existed. I want someone to know I was here.
The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living.
About Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman is a bestselling Swedish author. His works include A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Beartown, Anxious People, and Us Against You. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Visit the author’s website →