Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry Paperback – April 5, 2016
|New from||Used from|
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“Fredrik Backman has a knack for weaving tales that are believable and fanciful. Backman’s smooth storytelling infuses his characters with charm and wit… 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))
“Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences, Elsa’s story is one that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” (Library Journal)
“Firmly in league with Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.”
“What I admire in Backman’s stories is his honesty and perspective about grief and losing those we love the most. I would recommend this book to Neil Gaiman fans, as the storytelling is fantastic and heartwarming.” (Sun-Gazette)
“I can't remember the last time that I read a book where I alternately cried and laughed, and sometimes both at the same time.” (Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness)
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)
"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)
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, as well as two novellas, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Overall I found the book a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was both funny and heartbreaking at the same time. But while I loved the middle and the end of the book, I found the beginning a little muddled. In the beginning I found it hard to relate to the wacky almost senile character of Granny, and the convoluted stories about the Land-of-Almost-Awake were confusing and difficult to follow. (I actually found myself skimming the sections about Miamas and the Land-of-Almost-Awake.) But after Granny's death all those random pieces started to come together in a very structured way. (At this point I had to go back and re-read the parts I skimmed). In the end I found that all of Granny's madcap actions had a reason, and all her stories had a point.
So a very enjoyable read, just pay attention to all those stories that Granny and Elsa tell in the beginning. They really are important.
On a side note there is one thing that still confuses me about the book: What was the deal with the Leaseholds? Why would the conversion from flats to leasehold make some tenants a profit and force other tenants out of the building?
I read a lot. Some books are a nice story, some a nice adventure, and some will change your life. And here is a spoiler alert: this is a book that will change your life. Fredrik Backman is brilliant, and he dares to change lives through his writing. He makes it okay to be different, by finding the "different" in us all.
First, I enjoyed the characters immensely! Elsa, the main character, did get on my nerves a bit because she is a bit of a brat, but then I understood her more as she's a smart child who's lost in a world of divorce, death, and strange housemates. She is a product of her environment, so I started to warm up to her, especially her relationship with her grandmother.
Each character is different and quirky, but not in an unbelievable way. I loved how the author explored the reasons behind each character's personality and actions. Character descriptions were just right and not-over-the-top. They are relatable and memorable. This is one of the reasons why this book was such a page-turner for me.
The other part I LOVED about the story is how fantasy and reality come together to help paint Elsa's world. There are complexities within the story's threads that may be over some readers' heads, so if you don't like fantasy, can't think beyond the simplistic, and can't compartmentalize, this book isn't for you. A reader will have to think while reading in order to see the connections between real life and fantasy. Additionally, the writing style may not be everyone's cup-of-tea because it does have a seven (almost eight) year-old's perspective. It meanders at times, but that's part of the fun and realism in the story because it is about a child and the world around her.
There are a few things I didn't like, thus the four-star rating. While it's believable the grandmother touched many lives, it's not wholly believable that the ones she touched the most live under the same roof. This bothered me a little. What also bothered me is how one of the characters had a heart attack and later showed up with crutches. The two aren't related, but okay. I also didn't like how the ending felt a bit rushed and too tidy. However, I will accept the ending and the nit-picky issues because the story was so good.
After reading the book, I had to pick up "Britt-Marie Was Here." I want to see how her character develops since the close of "Grandmother." I will admit that the entire time I read "Grandmother," I imagined Britt-Marie as Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) from "Harry Potter" (and there are many HP references in "Grandmother," which is funny). It'll be great to see if "Umbridge" becomes a sympathetic character. ;)
"Grandmother" was an awesome read and among one of my top favorite books. Give it a chance!
I guess for me the fairy tale stories were the parts of the book I really wanted to skip. It was a tad bit too much trying to follow the tales with imaginary creatures and kingdoms.
Having read three books by the same author now I can see similar patterns in them. There's always this character we hate when the story begins but slowly fall in love with as the story progresses, there will be a death or two either at the beginning or the end and some very emotional teary moments.