My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

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Book - 2015
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"From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Elsa is seven years old; her grandmother is seventy-seven years old. She is 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, the 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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501115066
1501115065
9781501115073
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-- Translator

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cbailey001
Nov 14, 2017

Loved this story of a young girl finding out who her grandmorther was before she was born. All interwoven into a grand fairy tale.

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dirtbag
Nov 02, 2017

I laughed, I cried, I was often confused and occasionally bored. It is still worth reading. Now that I have read two of the authors books I am getting more curious about who this man is in real life. He is as quirky as the author of 'The Goldfinch'.

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annagraceiaboni
Oct 16, 2017

This book is such a different read but a great one! I loved all of the characters and could not wait to see how their stories unfolded. It also had laugh out loud funny moments. At times the switch between reality and make believe could be confusing for me but overall I loved the book! Cannot wait to read more by this author.

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Carchick
Oct 05, 2017

Not like any book I've ever read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good read.

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ChesterChester
Sep 25, 2017

The main character is a small girl, and I love her. The people around her are bizarre but interesting. I found this to be an unusual read - and enthusiastically read to the very end which, at 52, I only do if I honestly care. I recommend it.

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Ridgerunner07
Aug 18, 2017

Not a fan of fantasy, and at the onset of this book I was questioning my willingness to continue. So glad I persevered! The quirkiness of Grandma would easily be portrayed by the likes of Phyllis Diller, Cloris Leachman, or Carol Burnett, and it was a delight to read with them in mind. I agree it could have been told by a child older than this precocious seven year old, without losing anything. Dysfunctional people, heartbreak, betrayal, humour and a whole lotta love ~ a charming read!!

Sassers Jul 18, 2017

Written from a 7 year old girl's point of view. She and her grandmother travel to imaginary places and these trips come to life in the real world in which she lives. Author of A Man Called Ove.

SCL_Tricia Jun 03, 2017

A great story that weaves together in the end as you put together the fairy tales and the real world. So well written that I had to mark passages, something I don't often do.
It tells a story that is both wise and insightful, absurd and wondrous as it explores the themes of grief, love, difference, connection, regrets and forgiveness.
Funny, moving, heartfelt and inspiring, it made me laugh and cry. And not a pretty little cry, a full blown snot filled cry...twice.

PimaLib_MaryG May 11, 2017

I loved this book! Elsa is a real spitfire, as is her grandmother. There were tears and laughter while reading Elsa's memories of her grandmother's eccentric antics and of coming to terms with her death (and life) through a series of letters and tasks that her grandmother has left.

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SoftFire
May 06, 2017

The book was interesting to begin with and an easy read overall. It wove between reality and fantasy and the main character learns that her grandmother's stories were heavily influenced by the real world. But I had a hard time believing that the main character was actually seven. I think she could have been just as interested in the fantastical stories and old enough to carry out some of the feats she performs, the way she thought. I think at times the blur between the fantasy world and the real world was a little too fuzzy.

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maggielo
Aug 23, 2016

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted 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"--

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