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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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Among Elsa's neighbours are eccentric chatterboxes and drunken workaholics, weird hounds and mysterious lurkers. Her grandmother created a fantasy world of people and places to help teach Elsa a different way of looking at the world both near and afar. There was a story to be told but with too many distractions; too many things to NOT like along the way.

Once, towards the end, I was sobbing so hard, I was afraid my husband would hear me in the next room. When Granny dies, Elsa slowly discovers more about her grandmother's past identities, as well as the lives of people affected by her grandmother. Her grandmother is her only friend but she dies of cancer, leaving Elsa to get on with a treasure hunt, which would lead her to uncover the stories of the weirdos living in the building.Thankfully the stupid, demented grandmother dies half way through but is still remarkably central to the childish story. Elsa doesn’t know if this means that Granny took all her stories from the real world and placed them in Miamas, or if the stories from Miamas became so real that the creatures came across to the real world. It’s important to people in the Land-of-Almost-Awake that it should be this way, because they believe that nothing really ever completely dies. Once again, the story takes place in Sweden, but instead of a curmudgeonly old man, it follows seven-year-old Elsa. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

Given the good parts were a 5 for me, and the bad parts were a 1 for me, I settled on allotting 3 stars which in my world is still a good book. She has a habit of correcting others' grammar, is smart for her age, and is especially close with her grandmother (Granny). It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.But overall this is a story of family and its complexities and mysteries, the regrets and mistakes, and triumphs and sacrifices made over the course of a lifetime, atonement, understanding, forgiveness, and embracing individuality.

For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. Backman's talent lies in creating witty, cynical, elderly characters, which he should stick to because there really are so few books centred around older men and women.Elsa is to guard the castle, which is how they refer to their home, and to look after their friends. If you enjoy fairytales and enjoy the refreshing way in which children view the world then you will enjoy this read - it is adult fiction but allows us a glimpse into fairytales we enjoyed when we were younger as well.

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