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My Grandmother Asked Me 
To Tell You She's Sorry

New York Times bestseller

A Best Book of the Year | Business Insider

An Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

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-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 fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.


—Kirkus Reviews

“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

“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

“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)

My Grandmother Asked Me 
To Tell You She's Sorry
My Grandmother Asked Me 
To Tell You She's Sorry