Jun 1, 2016

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and ApologisesMy Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is so seriously funny at times and it's all from the perspective of a very intelligent 7 year old who has grown up in the close company of her very busy, eccentric, courageous grandmother. Elsa translates everyone she knows to a character in the fairy tales of life ( a land to love, mourn, war etc) that her granny wove for her and solves her problems in the real world by those tales. Wikipedia is Elsa's gateway to understanding big words.

There's something to be learnt about living life from a 7 year old and a grandmother.
There's also some truths that hit close to home, about the conflicts of mothering and having a career and it's impact on one''s child.

It's about relationships and wounded experiences and love that happens under one roof among different families, individuals all around Elsa, the kid.
" She thought I was a.... a nagging busybody" says Britt-Marie..
Elsa asks her "Why are you like that, then?"
Because you need to care about something, Elsa. As soon as anyone cared about anything in this world your granny always dismissed it as "nagging", but if you don't care about anything you're actually not alive at all. You're only existing...."

I'd recommend it to everyone who needs to laugh.


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