Fredrik Backman: You brought me to my knees. This novella had me sobbing, smiling, laughing and in bewildered awe of the beautiful words that you are able to write so melodically on a page. You capture emotion between characters so exquisitely.
In this incredible novella, Grandpa and Noahnoah (his grandson) have a very special relationship. They understand each other perfectly. It is this perfect relationship, that makes Grandpa’s plight harder and harder each day. Harder because at first, Grandpa doesn’t know how to explain what is wrong with him, and then has trouble remembering it. Noahnoah loves his Grandpa more than anything. And he will do whatever it takes to help his Grandpa remember everything he can about his life, including reminding him about the love of his life, and what its like to fall in love (which took my breath away and left me an emotional wreck).
To say that this story is special is an understatement. Fredrik Backman, is in my opinion, the most gifted author I have come across in years. I have loved all of his books desperately and hold each one very close to my heart. Each character is a delight in and of itself.
In this novella, “And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer” I found Grandpa and Noahnoah to be truly unique. Noahnoah is so very bright, gifted and special. Grandpa’s love and affection for his wife makes me wish and hope that someday, I will lucky enough to find something that even closely resembles that.
To think that Fredrik Backman wrote this to help cope with a real life situation. First, I am so sorry; and second, thank you for sharing this amazing story. It touched me in ways I can’t even begin to describe.
Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Fredrik Backman for an ARC of this incredibly beautiful novella in exchange for an honest review. It was my honor and privilege to read and review it.
Published on NetGalley, Amazon and Goodreads on 11/4/16.