Fredrik Backman combines three very important elements in My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologises*:
1. Everyone remembers what their grandmother’s house smells like
2. Every fairytale has a dragon
3. Every child deserves to have a superhero
This magical tale of family, community and friendship follows Harry Potter fanatic, Elsa as she starts the most epic journey that any almost-eight year old could imagine.
First of all, we’re introduced to Elsa’s granny, a paintball shooting troublemaker who tells amazing stories. She tells Elsa about the brave Knights, princesses and dragons that live in the seven kingdoms of the Land-of-Almost-Awake. They speak in their own language and have more in-jokes than you could even imagine.
But when Elsa’s granny dies, this is when her real adventures starts. Never one to leave quietly, Granny has left letters for Elsa to find and deliver to all of the people Granny has hurt in her life. It’s then that Elsa realises that that the Land-of-Almost-Awake isn’t as far away as she thought.
Fredrik creates this a beautiful fantasy world and reveals each characters back story one by one. They’re perfectly woven together and even if you don’t realise at first, you’ll be kicking yourself later for not seeing the clues.
This is the first time I’ve read any of Fredrik Backman‘s work and I can’t wait to read more. I was completely mesmoried by the characters and the fairy tales.
I’ve always believed that the mark of an emotive book and powerful writing is when it’s able to make you either laugh or cry and I did both in an abundance!
*A big thanks to Sceptre for sending me this review copy.