Author: Fredrik Backman
Shorty Story: 97 pages
Goodreads Synopsis: “From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime. “
Review: I read this short story while I was on the way to Iceland. I’ve decided if I was to ever meet an author, it would be Fredrik Backman. His stories touch my heart in a different way every book I read.
“Almost all grown adults walk around full of regret over a good-bye they wish they’d been able to go back and say better. “
It didn’t take me long with this story for me to have tears in my eyes (I’ll admit, my friend sitting next to me on the plane may have rolled her eye). This story is beautiful in its own right, it shows what love for a family member means. It shows how people grow, depend on each other and take care of each other whenever they need it. Like all Backman books, it’s a little therapy in words that have life altering moments.