My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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She has a habit of correcting others' grammar, is smart for her age, and is especially close with her grandmother (Granny). When her best (and quirky) friend, her grandmother, leaves her a series of letters upon her death to be delivered to their intended receivers, she sets onto a thrilling journey of discoveries. He possesses a deceptively easy style of narration but one is taken aback by the substance he packs in his one-liners. It is a celebration of difference; a chance to see our imperfect world through the eyes of a very special, and perhaps not so unusual, child.

When Elsa’s parents divorced it was Granny who showed her how to deal with the nightmares by telling her fairy stories. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World, his first work of non-fiction, will be released in the US in May 2019. The eventual outcome was not a surprise to me as I saw it coming from a mile away but it was nonetheless so heartwarming and such a generous gesture that it was a bit overwhelming.All of this sleeping in wardrobes and popping out to visit faraway lands left me thinking along the lines of 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. I’ve been wanting to read My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises by Fredrik Backman ever since I read (and loved! I suspect, with the Britt Marie character’s arc, that one of Backman’s other books – Britt Marie Was Here – picks up where My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises left off.

It struck me, towards the end, that this is a much better less-pathologised version of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Adults attempt to protect children from things that would make the adults uncomfortable, yet fail time and again to protect children from each other.After having read several books in a row with melancholy themes, this book brightened my mood significantly. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. Her parents are divorced and her mother and new partner are expecting a baby but worst of all Elsa is having a rough time at school . For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. Grandma expected of her to read books to her while grandma drove her ancient rusting Renault around town, without a driver's license.

By the time I finished the epilogue, I had tears in my eyes, I was missing Elsa and Granny something fierce, and this book had earned all the stars and a spot on my list of top ten reads of 2019. It sounded like an equally sweet and disarming story: a young girl reaching out on behalf of her beloved grandmother to right past wrongs.It was suggested to me several times that I should go back and read this book because Brit-Marie is a secondary character here and this book is a segue into BMWH.

She could be so insightful about certain things, yet so obtuse in that we seemed to miss big chunks of the greater picture (or at least, I did). But, when her grandmother dies, Elsa is left to cope with her parent’s divorce, her mother’s pregnancy, and her issues at school without her staunch supporter.

I enjoy seeing children portrayed as trailblazers in a way, because they refuse to give in to conformity.

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