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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is 30ish and working in an office.  She is intelligent and efficient but lacks social skills.  Her colleagues find her 'odd'.  She is a loner and does not join in the day to day office banter.  A creature of habit, her daily routine never varies.  She wears the same clothes to work each day, at lunchtime she eats her sandwich, reads the paper, does the crossword and talks to no one.  Her routine at home is equally solitary.  She has supper, watches TV, reads a book, no visitors, no phone calls except for Wednesdays when she talks to Mummy for about 15 minutes.  At the weekends she drinks two bottles of vodka.

There are hints in the narrative that there has been a traumatic event in her past.

Eleanor's life changes when she and Raymond, the IT expert at work, go to the aid of an elderly man who has fallen in the street.  This simple act of kindness leads to a gradual opening up of her life to another world where there is love and friendship.

We all enjoyed this book.  The characters are well drawn and instantly likeable.  Gail Honeyman has produced an outstanding first novel.  It is a beautifully written thought provoking book about loneliness which is both funny and sad.

Highly recommended.  We look forward to her next book.

Review by Anne Strang



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