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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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Each person is a side story unto themselves and it is fun watching their tales all get woven together. There was a story to be told but with too many distractions; too many things to NOT like along the way.

But Backman's writing is so different than Foer's that this story is absolutely still worth reading. 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. Thankfully the stupid, demented grandmother dies half way through but is still remarkably central to the childish story. All of this sleeping in wardrobes and popping out to visit faraway lands left me thinking along the lines of 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. 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 fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.I loved Harry Potter, The Time Machine, Lord of the Rings, and Thursday Next, but when there's a lot of room for wiggle in the structure, I'm less inclined to like it. Elsa discovers that the fairy tales ultimately tied up to the stories of the other characters in the book, but this doesn't make them any more readable.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” is a sentimental tale, with a 7 (almost 8) year old protagonist whose sardonic voice is a real joy to read. She has a habit of correcting others' grammar, is smart for her age, and is especially close with her grandmother (Granny). It is a reminder that the most frightening things are those which are not understood, and that understanding can only be achieved through explanation. He possesses a deceptively easy style of narration but one is taken aback by the substance he packs in his one-liners.Then, around this time last year, I lost my own beloved grandmother, and I worried that this book would simply feel Too Real.

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