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Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

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 letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Fredrik Backman’s No. 1 internationally bestselling second novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, is a charming, comic and warmhearted story about life and death and an ode to one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.


  • “There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

  • “In his second offering, Backman continues to write with the same whimsical charm and warm heart as in his debut.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “Every bit as churlish but lovable as Backman’s cantankerous protagonist in his debut, 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 Review*, US

  • “Bring tissues when you start My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, but bring your funnybone, too. It’s that kind of book - one that, if you miss it, you’ll never forgive yourself.”

    Business Insider, ‘Best Books of 2015’, US

  • “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, US

  • “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, US

  • “Elsa’s grandmother is always on team Elsa, but when her personal superhero gets ill, Elsa has to create her own path in life. Humorous – and heartbreaking!”

    Bild, ‘11 Best Summer Reads’, Germany

  • “Backman’s narrative gleefully pretends to be that of a seven-year-old. Sophisticatedly hidden behind this mask is a great love for many things that are being shunned at the moment: gender, individualism, and “academic” reasoning – which so happens to be Elsa’s favorite solitary pastime.”

    Die Welt, Germany

  • “An imaginative and driven story about a brave girl, what happens when different realities are opened to us, and a grandmother unlike any other. /.../ A fantastic story.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “And so it is a wonderful book that treats [the reader] to a living adventure with well-rounded people you’ll often find yourself annoyed with, yet still can’t help loving.”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “A crossover novel for all ages between ten and one hundred. /…/ [My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry] is a captivating novel about the purpose of imagination and storytelling. In an as warm-hearted as it is beautifully portrayed manner Backman shows how one through the storytelling can both take a break from reality, and learn to understand it so much better. ”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “The novel is a charming homage to the power of fairytales /.../ Backman’s foremost strength lies in how he can chisel out characters, grotesque caricatures that invite laughter, and then add details till even the silliest and most annoying figure becomes, well, if not multilayered, then at least human and worthy of emotional investment.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “A bulls-eye. Books that can make me laugh and cry simply have to receive a good score. The way in which Backman tells seven, almost eight-year-old Elsa’s story is just wonderful. Elsa’s treasure hunt through “the castle” turns into a journey you simply have to join and the pages turn quickly. All those who read A Man Called Ove will buy [My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry]. You who haven’t should as well.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “Probably Sweden’s most on-the-mark author right now.”

    Metro, Sweden

  • “An irresistible novel about the cathartic power of the imagination in times when reality becomes too difficult to handle. [My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry] is touching, thrilling, and ridiculously entertaining.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

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