Title: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Hachette India
Price: Rs. 399
Elsa is an almost-eight-year-old ‘different’ kid with a grandmother who is 77-year-old and crazy. Elsa reads ‘quality literature’ like Harry Potter, and fights for what she believes in, like dressing up as Spiderman.
She gets bullied and beaten up in school. She has no friends except for her superhero – granny! Her granny is eccentric and displays total disregard for social norms and etiquettes, also spellings. She breaks into a zoo and throws turds at cops who try to stop her and Elsa.
When granny dies leaving behind a series of letters apologising to people, she trusts Elsa with the task of handing over those letters. And thus begins her adventure.
As you read through Fredrik Backman’s second book, you laugh and you cry. You fall in love with Elsa, granny and all other characters. Also, realize that granny is an amazing human being. The insightfully endearing book will be enjoyed by kids as much as adults. The writer touches upon themes like domestic abuse, and adultery, some may not find it okay for kids.
The Land-of-Almost-Awake, where most of Elsa’s stories come from, may need you to stretch your imagination. But barring a few things, the book is a total delight, hilarious, witty, and very moving. You will read it with a smile on your lips and a lump in your throat. It is heartbreaking, hilarious and heartwarming in equal measures. A book that you, your child and your granny will like.
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