Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Atria Books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This novel will be published June 16, 2015.
This insomniac's opinion:
I LOVED Fredrik Backman's novel A Man Called Ove so I was thrilled to be able to receive an advanced reader's copy of his newest novel from Atria Publishing(June 2015).
I vacillated between 4 and 5 stars but am so deeply enamored with the characters that I was easily swayed to a 5. Elsa, an eight year old with a quick wit and a unique view of life, stole my heart on the first page and my heart was full of quirky, wonderful characters by the final page. This novel is a wonderful reminder that true superheroes come in the form of everyday people.
Worth staying up all night to read?
5 stars. Solidly loveable, quirky characters to tuck into your heart for life.