It’s hard to describe “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” without referencing other books featuring mythical lands and creatures: “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Harry Potter” and even Tolkien’s Middle-Earth come to mind as Swedish best-selling author Fredrik Backman creates an elaborate story in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas.
It is reality told in the form of a fairy tale by 7-year-old Elsa’s elderly and quirky grandmother. When her grandmother dies, Elsa is sent on an incredible adventure to deliver apology letters. The letters lead her to an apartment building full of unusual and interesting people who each begin to take on the persona of characters in Granny’s stories.
Fans of Backman’s first novel, “A Man Called Ove,” may enjoy this different take on the intergenerational relationship between the two main characters and the lives they influence. This book also introduces one of the apartment complex’s residents, “nag-bag” Britt-Marie, who is given her own novel, “Britt-Marie Was Here.”