"People have to tell their stories, Elsa. Or they suffocate."
-- Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry --
This read is one I was looking forward to for a LONG time.
I first saw it in the book section at Target (a.k.a. my financial nemesis) and was immediately intrigued by the title. A title so involved certainly requires a deeper look! After reading the back of the book and the first couple of pages, it was automatically added to my list of future reads.
This fifth book in the #yearof50books, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish author, is an adventurous and heart-warming story told through the eyes of Elsa, a seven-year-old girl who thinks about and sees things a little differently. The close relationship she has with her crazy grandmother sets the tone (and the plot) of the story.
I can't say too much, for fear of giving some things away about the story, but let me just say this: although not quite what I initially expected, this is a book that I am keeping and intend to read again someday. I loved the characters and could just picture the whole story as a movie while I read it. Elsa's character was especially sweet, because seeing things through the eyes of a child always helps me think in a more simplistic way--adults make things way too complicated.
If you're looking for a book to get swept up in, I recommend this one, without a doubt. I intend to read some of his other books, as well: A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer.
How wonderful to be reading so many good books. Look for a post about book #6 soon!