- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Tra edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501160486
- ISBN-13: 978-1501160486
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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“A novella to be savored and reread about a boy, his dad and his grandpa as they learn to say goodbye. It’s a little book with a big message." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I read this beautifully imagined and moving novella in one sitting, utterly wowed, wanting to share it with everyone I know." (Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice)
"Beautiful, dreamlike, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Bring tissues. Bring all the tissues.” (REALSIMPLE.COM)
“The saddest, sweetest book ever... It is heartbreakingly sad, but also beautiful and uplifting in the end.” (LaSalle News Tribune)
PRAISE FOR A MAN CALLED OVE
“A charming debut…You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You’ll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything’s cuter.” (People)
“Even the most serious reader of fiction needs light relief, and for that afternoon when all you want is charm, this is the perfect book." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. This quirky debut is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the impact one life has on countless others—and an absolute delight." (CBS Local)
"An inspiring affirmation of love for life and acceptance of people for their essence and individual quirks. A Man Called Ove is a perfect selection for book clubs. It's well written and replete with universal concerns. It lacks violence and profanity, is life-affirming and relationship-driven. The book is bittersweet, tender, often wickedly humorous and almost certain to elicit tears. I contentedly wept my way through a box of tissues when I first read the novel and again when I savored it for a second time.” (BookBrowse.com)
"A Man Called Ove is exquisite. The lyrical language is the confetti thrown liberally throughout this celebration-of-life story, adding sparkle and color to an already spectacular party. Backman's characters feel so authentic that readers will likely find analogues living in their own neighborhoods." (Shelf Awareness (starred review))
"Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down." (Booklist, Starred Review)
“A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love… The author writes with winning charm.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers… hysterically funny… wry descriptions, excellent pacing… In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden,generous heart.” (Kirkus Reviews)
PRAISE FOR MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY
“[…] Believable and fanciful. Backman’s smooth storytelling infuses his characters with charm and wit. . . Engaging. . . A delightful story.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“Every bit as churlish but lovable as Backman’s cantankerous protagonist in his debut, A Man Called Ove (2014), precocious Elsa will easily work her way into the hearts of readers who like characters with spunk to spare. A delectable homage to the power of stories to comfort and heal, Backman’s tender tale of the touching relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter is a tribute to the everlasting bonds of deep family ties.” (Booklist (starred))
“Firmly in league with Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.”
"In his second offering, Backman (A Man Called Ove) continues to write with the same whimsical charm and warm heart as in his debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"An eclectic cast of characters, fairy-tale wisdom, and a little mystery… one of our favorite novels of the year so far." (SFGate.com)
PRAISE FOR BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE
“The bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE returns with this heartwarming story about a woman rediscovering herself after personal crisis. Backman reveals Britt-Marie’s need for order….with clear, tight descriptions. Insightful and touching, this is a sweet and inspiring story about truth and transformation. Fans of Backman’s will find another winner in these pages.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Britt-Marie’s metamorphosis from cocoon to butterfly seems all the more remarkable for the utterly discouraging environment in which it takes place." (Booklist)
“A brilliant mix of belly-laughs, profound insight and captivating events delivered… with Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature." (Shelf Awareness)
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Beartown is his latest novel.
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It will make you cry. However, what insight into the world of the elderly with dementia or Alzheimer's.... This is beautifully done.
It is essentially a short story, so it doesn't take long to go through. In many ways, I'm very glad it didn't try to cover more ground; I'm not at all certain my heart could take it.
I am a fan of Backman's writing style. Many times, I've found myself in the midst of a book/movie/lyric and been unable to stay in the moment. I think ahead and make assumptions about where it is going. I decide what I think the ending payoff should be before I've even hit the middle build. It is a rare treat when I can just sit in the story happily and not get ahead of it. For me, this book was one of those awesome and rare times, and in the end, I was so very glad for that.
If you have enjoyed any of this other work, or if you have had a family member with memory loss, this should be a very enjoyable and quick read.
"And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer" is a recollection of fading memories a grandpa has with his son, wife, and grandson. You'll laugh, empathize, and cry through each page. Even if you don't know about dementia or know someone with the disease, this 75 page winner will carefully illustrate what it's like for the person and the people surrounding their life. It's sad, it's heartwarming, and it somehow manages to become relatable. You'll fall in love with this novella, and I definitely foresee myself rereading this from time to time.
I DO wish Backman explored some of the concepts more by adding in a few more pages, but I am VERY happy with the finished product as well. It is 100% worth every penny, and it is 100% worth your time! I've read every Backman novel thus far, and it is my second favorite, right after "A Man Called Ove."
Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!
In a letter to the reader at the beginning of the story, Backman states,’This is a story about memories and letting go. It’s a love letter and a slow farewell between a man and his grandson, and between a dad and his boy.’ He also explains that writing this story was a type of therapy for him as he too has experience with a loved one with memory loss.
As I began to read this story, I soon realized that this is both a similar and different type of story to Backman’s other works. It is similar in that it portrays an older person and their relationships. It is different in that the story line is not as straight forward as other Backman’s works.
The story is told through the perspective of the grandfather who is sinking deeper into dementia. It switches between the grandfather speaking with his grandson, Noah, his son,Ted, and his wife who had previously passed away. His thought process is scattered but at the same time deeply symbolic. He likens his brain to a park square that gets smaller and smaller each day and the ‘way home’ is his process to remember details of his life each morning. He then explains that the objects in the park symbolize different memories.
Although this was less of an easy read then I found Backman’s other books, to be, this book is just as amazing. It gives an honest look at how hard and complicated it must be to lose someone you love before they actually die. Backman does a wonderful job of panting a picture of someones mind as they are mentally slipping away.
Another amazing read from Backman and a quick read as it’s only ninety-six pages. Backman has an amazing gift for writing characters that I makes me feel that I know them personally. This is one of those books that is a must read for all.