If I could work out how Backman can write about people with such tenderness and gentle understanding, without sliding into sentimentality, I could bottle it and make a fortune.
Failing that, I can order another Backman book. This is the first of his I read, and I have read two others since, so I can confirm that Backman has got this down to an art.
The plot of this book is deceptively simple. A young girl's beloved and eccentric grandmother dies, leaving the girl letters to deliver to others - to send her regards and apologies. The meat of the story lies in what the grandmother apologises for, and what the girl learns about people she only thought she knew. Including her grandmother.
It's a journey well worth taking.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 791 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; UK ed. edition (4 June 2015)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TE3HF9S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 889 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)