#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the perfect adult coming-of-age story. Set in Glasgow, the novel draws us into Eleanor’s lonely existence with plenty of heart and charm. We laughed out loud at the 30-year-old heroine’s unapologetic social awkwardness, such as the cringeworthy moment she first goes for a bikini wax or when she offers up a packet of cheese slices from her fridge as a birthday gift. An unlikely alliance with IT guy Ray leads Eleanor to a series of firsts (first haircut, first party)—but her escape from self-imposed exile isn’t without some painful and poignant plot twists.
Thirty-year-old narrator Eleanor Oliphant's life in Glasgow is one of structure and safety, but it doesn't offer many opportunities for human connection. At her job of 10 years as a finance clerk, she endures snickers and sidelong glances from her coworkers because she is socially awkward and generally aloof, and her weekends are spent with copious amounts of vodka. Office IT guy Raymond Gibbons becomes a fixture in her life after they help an elderly man, Sammy Thom, when he collapses in the street. Raymond and Sammy slowly bring Eleanor out of her shell, requiring her to confront some terrible secrets from her past. Her burgeoning friendship with Raymond is realistically drawn, and, refreshingly, it doesn't lead to romance, though the lonely Eleanor yearns for love. Debut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to love and be loved. Eleanor's story will move readers.
Quirky and compelling
While the topic and life events of this character are dark and disturbing, the author finds a way to bring hope and light to her life. Eleanor is quirky and yet so likable, with the reasons for her mannerisms slowly revealed. This story is compelling and kept me engaged throughout. It also left me thoughtful about the humanity around us and that everyone has a story and no one should have to travel their journey alone.
Fantastic. Could not put it down. What a heart-warming story about loneliness and friendship, as well as self-awareness and care. Eleanor is a truly inspirational under-dog.
Great book. Charming and funny.