My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
384 pages / 11 hrs., 2 min.
A quirky, charming story about almost-eight-year-old Elsa and her grandmother. Elsa is curious about everything and uses Wikipedia frequently to find answers. She is bullied at school for being "different," but is content to be "different" just the same.
Grandmother is Elsa's constant defender, partner-in-crime, and personal teller of fairy tales. She is also "different" and is a great keeper of secrets.
When Grandmother passes away, she leaves a fantastical treasure hunt for Elsa that involves all the people in their apartment building. Long-hidden danger, heartache, sadness, grief and brokenness begin healing as only happens when an almost-eight-year-old decides to get involved.
I found the story excellent in parts, very good in parts, and average in parts. It is well worth reading for the absolutely perfect sentences it contains, like this one: "Nothing is ever really lost until your mother can't find it." (smile)