This novel is about a seven year-old named Elsa, who believes that all seven year-olds should have heroes. Elsa is mature for her age and this often angers the adults who have to deal with her. This book takes place in Sweden in 2013. The setting is important because the currency mentioned in the novel is different than what is used in other countries and the names of the characters are unique. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry deals with the loss of a loved one through the power of imagination and the belief that all seven year-olds deserve a superhero.
Fredrik Backman has written other novels such as A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, and Bear Town. His other books are similar to this one because they all discuss change. Backman is my favorite author I recommend My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry if you are dealing with the loss of someone dear to you or if you would just like a story to read.