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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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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. What stands out in my mind is that I was able to finish this book when I was finishing literally zero books. She used to be a doctor, a surgeon who traveled all around the world saving people’s lives in dangerous places. 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. Now, aging and eccentric she makes up fairy tales to entertain and to teach her beloved granddaughter.

In parallel, we get stories from The Land of Almost Awake, a fantasy creation of Elsa's grandmother to draw her away from her tough life and keep her entertained. But, via a series of apology letters her grandmother wrote to various people she felt she had wronged, Elsa is sent on an adventurous journey that will enlighten her, challenge her perception of her beloved grandmother, and change the dynamics of her relationship with her mother and other family members, opening a door towards forgiveness and acceptance. When Elsa’s parents divorced it was Granny who showed her how to deal with the nightmares by telling her fairy stories. The precocious Elsa is definitely beyond her years but it was hard at times to believe that a 7 year old would be as wise and knowing about people as she was .

She is supposed to be very bright for her age, but really, some of the things she does and says is simply annoying. In the end, I couldn't bring myself to leave the star rating blank, but I am not sure you can trust my experience to match the experience you might have. The novel is ostensibly that of a little girl named Elsa who is seven years old and her beloved grandmother. Nothing is a shame, even believing in superheroes, if it eventually adds up to the good in this world.

She worried when Granny died that she might never get to visit The Land Of Almost-Awake ever again, but maybe she’s been living in it all along.And in the end, after all, Backman forced me to ask myself what is wrong with shameless sentimentality when it's this well done? Elsa loves to read books, especially the Harry Potter series, but Granny’s stories were special because Elsa believed that they were hers.

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