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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. 

Fiction & Literature
May 9
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

villa144 ,

Strangely Relatable

This book has something for everyone and reminds us how important it is to have close ones to help us through life’s triumphs.

Sudiniup ,

I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it.

I read Eleanor Oliphant in one day and I loved it.
The author, Gail Honeyman said, “It's a story of the - transformational power - of small acts of kindness.”
Gail wrote Eleanor’s life, as a person:
"that has been knocked off kilter by an unnamed childhood horror which she can only recall from her sense of , “before” and “after”, and
“although she’s had a fairly catastrophic start in life, Eleanor is still the agent of her own life."
She didn’t want to write her as a victim, and didn’t want her to be self-pitying either. She tried to leave space in the narrative, so the reader could feel those feelings on her behalf.
It’s written in first person and begins with Eleanor’s day to day life and her unfiltered description of herself and everyone she meets.
Eleanor is 29, has no friends or social contacts, is eccentric, opinionated, lives in Glasgow, Scotland, works as a finance clerk for a graphic design company, and every weekend consumes two bottles of vodka.
She is academically intelligent, loves crossword puzzles, is socially awkward and leads a solitary lifestyle.
She does some really, ill-advised things in the early chapters and she's oblivious to the way her shortcomings appear to those around her. She blames any awkwardness on the other person's "underdeveloped social skills.”
Her private thoughts are witty, semi-harsh judgements about everything and everyone but sometimes she says these thoughts out loud, and it alienates people. She also has an odd formality in her conversational speech, which pushes most people away.
Through out the book, clues gradually emerge to Eleanor's troubled past, and eventually her full childhood story emerges.
Eleanor’s unravelling – and redemption – begins when an old man collapses in the street. Eleanor’s partner in the, "transformational power of small acts of kindness," is her co-worker Raymond.
After reading about 25 pages of this book, I loved Eleanor, felt protective of her and wanted good things to happen to her.

Kirathekid ,

This book is completely fine

I found Elenor to be very entertaining however the plot, not so much. I wouldn’t recommend.

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