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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella

Fredrik Backman

National Library Board


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Fredrik Backman


Call no.: BAC


All rights reserved. New York, NY: Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016


“This is a story about memories and about letting go. It’s a love letter and a slow farewell between a man and his grandson, and between a dad and his boy.” Backman described his book best in a letter addressed to the reader at the beginning.


Every day, Grandpa and Noah sit on a bench in a square and bond over jokes and their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa enjoys spending time with his precocious grandson but he is finding it increasingly harder to hold on to these precious memories.


Packed with the same charm of Backman’s best-selling full-length novels, this novella is an honest look at loving someone with memory loss and will have you smile, laugh, and cry all at once.


Interesting fact: Backman originally did not intend to publish this story as he only wrote it to sort his thoughts out. Boy, are we glad he did.


Text by Yap Jia Ling and Kam Yit Fong


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