Fredrik Backman has just become one of my favorite authors thanks to his novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I enjoyed every bit of my journey with Elsa. Exploring the Kingdom of Miamas in the Land-of-Almost-Awake is amazing. The people Elsa meets all have their own story to tell as well. This entire book is filled with many different stories, each one with a different lesson in empathy.
“That’s how you measure in the Land-of-Almost-Awake: in eternities. There are no watches in the Land-of-Almost-Awake, so time is measured according to how you feel. If it feels like an eternity, you say, ‘This is a lesser eternity.’ And if it feels sort of like two dozen eternities, you say, ‘An utter eternity.’ And the only thing that feels longer than an utter eternity is the eternity of a fairy tale, because a fairy tale is an eternity of utter eternities. And the very longest kind of eternity in existence is the eternity of ten thousand fairy tales. That’s the biggest number in the Land-of-Almost-Awake.”-My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Similar to the feel of Alice in Wonderland, Fredrik Backman breaks up the seriousness of the topics discussed with a light and quirky writing style. This brings a fun feeling to some intense topics. Dealing with issues such as domestic violence, Cancer, and adultery is not quite as difficult when done through the eyes of an almost-eight-year-old. It also helps that the story is filled with Harry Potter, Xmen, and multiple superhero references.
“Because all seven-year-olds deserves superheroes. And anyone who doesn’t agree needs their head examined.” –My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
As a waitress, I have learned to create a back story for difficult guests. I imagine some struggle they must be dealing with to make them behave the way that they do. Sometimes I forget to do this and take the person’s actions personally. This book is an amazing and fun reminder to look for the backstory. Providing the settings to despise certain characters, and then providing an explanation strong enough to create guilt for your initial dislike. Creating a stronger sense of empathy and forgiveness.
“If you hate the one who hates, you could risk becoming like the one you hate.” -My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is the most fun and morally beautiful read I’ve enjoyed in a long time. I defiantly plan on exploring Beckman’s earlier novel, A Man Called Ove. I sincerely hope that you take this journey. Once you do, please recommend it to a friend. There are just far too many great reminders to be a good person in this book. And it’s just way too fun of a read to pass up.
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