The incredible beauty of this story will stick with me forever. I love the allegorical and mythical story within the story. Granny dies but gives young Elsa the tools to understand the world around her and how everyone and everything fits together.
I have found myself thinking of Elsa and the misfit cast of characters that she meets several times. Whenever I see someone post that they are reading this novel, I am jealous that I can’t go back and read it again for the first time. It is the book I think of when folks say then have “book hangover”.
Backman is a storyteller who is able to bring magical realism into his works in a realistic manner that is endearing.