I guess I’m just too impatient to be a Backman fan. I really do not like fantasies and there was just too much constant referring to the fairy tales and Land-of-almost-awake for me. I realize the grandmother made these stories up to help Elsa through each upsetting event in her life and they gave her strength to go on but after reading 130 pages I just had to stop. I wasn’t enjoying it, it was drudgery to make myself read, and I couldn’t help thinking of other books I had waiting.

    I’m glad you enjoyed it and I have heard it’s a good book but it’s not the right book for me right now. I hope I get back to it some day as I suspect it gets better, but I wasn’t enjoying the Land-of-waiting-for-better.