My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Published March 17, 2015 by Atria.

ISBN:
978-1-5011-1506-6
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4 stars (11 reviews)

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. 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.

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4 stars

This is a surprising and moving tale. It seems to me that the world benefit from having more nearly 8 year olds like Elsa. Although, the story is a bit uneven in its plot; it is nonetheless moving, inspiring, heart rending and funny. It has made a fine start to my 2021 reading...

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5 stars

This book was recommended to me by, of all people, my grandmother. She's not generally in the habit of recommending books to me, so I immediately grabbed it on audiobook. The narrator is fabulous; I'm especially obsessed with her delivery of Britt-Marie's lines, which really capture her neuroticism. The story follows 7-year-old Elsa, whose grandmother, an amazing teller of fairy tales, dies and leaves her to deliver a series of apology letters to the residents of their building. As the present-day story unfolds, the tangled web of backstories and relationships among the characters is slowly revealed, as well as the real people's connections to the stories Elsa's granny told. The writing is both beautiful in its cadence and uniquely frank, often funny. Elsa's frequent bluntness with the adults around her is both charming and hilarious. The story has empathy for even its most horrible characters and shows all the ways …

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