My grandmother sends her regards and apologises

My grandmother sends her regards and apologises is a touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.
Backman, Fredrik
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Title: My grandmother sends her regards and apologises
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers SA
Cape Town; Johannesburg; South Africa, 2015
ISBN 9781444775846 / ISBN 978-1-4447-7584-6
Softcover, 14 x 22 cm, 342 pages


Every seven-year-old deserves a superhero. That's just how it is. Anyone who doesn't agree needs their head examined. That's what Elsa's granny says, at least. Elsa is seven, going on eight. She knows she isn't especially good at being seven. She knows she's different. Her headmaster says she needs to 'fall into line' in order to achieve 'a better fit with her peers'. Other adults describe her as 'very grown-up for her age.' Elsa knows this is just another way of saying 'massively annoying for her age,' because they only tend to say this when she corrects them for mispronouncing 'deja vu' or not being able to tell the difference between 'me' and T at the end of a sentence. Smart-arses usually can't, hence the 'grown-up for her age' comment, generally said with a strained smile at her parents. As if she has a mental impairment, as if Elsa has shown them up by not being totally thick just because she's seven. And that's why she doesn't have any friends except Granny. Because all the other seven-year-olds in her school are as idiotic as seven-year-olds tend to be, but Elsa in 'My grandmother sends her regards and apologises' is different.