Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman Pages: 325 Published: 2017
The book: Eleanor Oliphant lives a lonely, solitary life. She has a secret even she does not seem to know. She keeps to herself at work and has no social life. She tends to avoid human contact wherever she can. One day Eleanor wins tickets to see a local band play. She becomes infatuated with the lead singer. She is sure he’s the man for her. But is he?
You might like it because: Honeyman has created an unusual but appealing character, and despite Eleanor’s quirks and lack of social skills there is something very likeable about her. This is an entertaining read that’s both funny and sad.
What did other people say?
“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.” – Publishers Weekly
“Eleanor Oliphant is a quirky loner and a model of efficiency with her routine of frozen pizza, vodka and weekly phone calls with Mummy. [She’s] a woman beginning to heal from unimaginable tragedy, with a voice that is deadpan, heartbreaking and humorous all at once.” – NPR.org
Awards & Recognition:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
How quickly will you get into the book? Ten pages in I was engaged. The more I read the more I liked Eleanor. I was intrigued and had to find out what would happen to her.
You might not like it because: While Eleanor’s quirky character might appeal to some readers, it might leave others cold and not vested in the story.
The story’s unusual mix of humor and tragedy might not work for everyone.
What might you read next?
This story is set in Glasgow, Scotland, so try another story set in Glasgow. Read The Crow Road by Ian Banks.
Or read one of Eleanor Oliphant’s favorite books, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
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