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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: Joan Walker

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2015

Duration: 11 hours 2 minutes


A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

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. 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 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.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.


  • Karey C

    This novel was a delightful surprise. I laughed and cried. It is a great one, especially if you miss your grandmother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lorie C

    I loved the relationship between Elsa and Granny. This was a beautiful story about relationships and how, when given the chance, people can understand and love others despite their differences and flaws. This is the 3rd book of Backman’s I have read (A Man Called Ove and Bear Town). I have enjoyed them all. Backman creates characters that become part of my world—even after I’m done reading the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cyn K.

    utterly charming, I found this book by turns funny and melancholy. there's a wonderful complexity to it that unfolds as the story goes. The ending didn't quite measure up to the expectations I had created based on the delight and adventure of all that came before but I still loved the book and want to read more by Backman.

  • Eric C.

    I absolutely loved this book. The title kind of makes you think it'd be a bit sad and a bit light-hearted, but the story goes deeper. A lot of the things that the characters say especially from Granny and Elsa are mean inner thoughts that people have but don't voice them, but Granny, and eventually Elsa, just say what they mean. Loved it! I read 'Britt-Marie Was Here' before this, so I was able to sympathise with the character a bit more, even though she could be a bit mean in this book.

  • Jessica D.

    I really enjoy the author’s writing style.

  • Catherine A.

    Articulate and creative.

  • Jan T

    This is my new favorite novel- speaks to our needs on so many levels- narayion was great! I plan to listen to all backman books!

  • Karen W

    I was captivated by the way the narrator described her fantasy world. So inventive and clever. Wonderful ending that me me want to recommend the book to my friends.

  • Galynn J

    Well, I read (heard on audio) this after reading Backman's BEAR TOWN and was expecting a lot. He certainly did not disappoint! Though this book was not at all what I expected - thinking it might be similar to BEAR TOWN. MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED... was totally different but had the wonderful threads between family, friends, pets that made Bear Town so loveable. I love the descriptive language and the individual characteristics that bring the people to life. Also the narrator was wonderful.

  • Lisa M

    I loved this book so much and hated for it to be over. The author did an amazing job developing the characters. I loved how the grandmother wove the life experiences of the characters living in the house/flats into her fairytales. Highly recommend this book!

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