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Double Feature: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt Marie was Here

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Hi everyone! It’s your favorite little sis J finally back and oh boy am I ready to tell you about so many books I have read in my time away! So to celebrate me coming back to reviewing I have a special double feature today.

First up, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is a story about seven year old Elsa and an apartment building full of lovable misfits. After Elsa’s grandmother dies she receives a series of letters that she has to deliver to the different tenants of her apartment building. The more people she meets the more parallels she draws between her neighbors and the stories her grandmother used to tell her.

Backman writes about loss and grief as his major theme throughout the book with a balanced sense of humor.

One of the characters Elsa gets to know a little better in the story is Britt-Marie. An older woman who’s husband is unfaithful. In the stories she represents the Princess of the Kingdom of Sorrows.

Britt-Marie finally decides to leave her unfaithful husband at the end of the events in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. She goes to work in a community center in a small town called Borg where she accidentally become the soccer coach to a very bad “team” in the town. The town seems determined to ignore Britt-Marie and her busybodying until they can be rid of her but soon she and the town open their hearts to each other.

After Reading these two books I’ve read A Man Called Ove and have picked up Backman’s newest book that just came out last month, Beartown. Backman writes about unlikeable people in the most addicting way possible and soon enough these people will make readers love them. If you enjoy getting to know strangers, misfits, busybodies and curmudgeons get ready to settle in and get to know the very real humans that Backman will introduce you to.