Friday 56: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

This blog meme happens every Friday, hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you share an excerpt of a book you’ve read.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

I chose My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises. (The book is translated from Swedish and so has two different titles).

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Elsa had sat there spinning the headmaster’s globe on that occasion too. The boy who’d given her a black eye had been there with his parents. The headmaster had turned to Elsa’s father and said: ‘There’s an element of a typical boyish prank about this…’ And then he had to devote quite a long time to explaining to Granny what a typical girlish prank might be, because Granny really wanted to know.

The headmaster had tried to calm Granny by telling the boy who’d given Elsa the black eye that ‘only cowards hit girls’, but Granny was not the least bit calmed by that.

This book is a weird book. Basically, a woman sends her granddaughter on a scavenger hunt with a bunch of apology letters after her death. It’s about Elsa dealing with her Granny’s death and discovering she both does and doesn’t know her granny as well as she thought. I love Granny in this, she is such a character and as you go along, you learn how her life developed but also how it influenced the fairytales she told Elsa.

I really liked this book. Elsa was a great character to read about and although the fairytale bits got a little confusing (it’s definitely not a book you can put down and be able to pick it up again a week later and remember what was going on), it was enjoyable.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. 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.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. 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. Summary from Goodreads.


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