Swedish writer Fredrik Backman is my new favorite author. A friend recommended A Man Called Ove and I really enjoyed it. It was a feel-good heartwarming story that I couldn’t put down.
Recently an ICPL Friends Foundation Board Member recommended another of Backman’s books in a spread in an upcoming Library newsletter (you can see a preview here – look on page 6). The book, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, is a heartwarming story about a seven year old girl who goes on a journey of discovery after the death of her beloved grandmother. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a compelling story that shows there are many good people in the world.
Britt-Marie Was Here is a follow-up book that features one of the characters from “My Grandmother …” I’m about half way through the book and loving every word. Backman has a unique way of introducing plot and the result is books that are to be savored. Readers must be patient … Backman will give you the details you need when he’s ready.
Over the holiday week I found myself in a situation where I couldn’t read at night with a light so the Library’s eBook collection saved me when an Overdrive hold came in just when I needed it. (I am thankful for smart phones, WIFI and Overdrive!) The hold was for a Fredrik Backman novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, about the love between a grandfather with dementia and his grandson.
You can find all of Backman’s books in our eBook Collection at this link – unfortunately most have a wait list because of their recent popularity. They are also available in our print collection at this link.
If you’re looking for books that remind you there’s a lot of good in our world, look for a Fredrik Backman book. And if you want to know more about this author, check out this article in the NY Times. Enjoy!