Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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"Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 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 kind of friends who rescue each other 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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735220683
0735220689
Branch Call Number: FIC HONEYMA 2017
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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Honeyman's endearing debut finds brave Eleanor grappling with past wounds and making new friends as she enters her 30s.

Fiction.

Honeyman’s endearing debut is part comic novel, part emotional thriller, and part love story. Eleanor Oliphant is a character you'll remember long after the last page.

“I loved this book about the quirky Eleanor, who struggles to relate to other people and lives a very solitary life. When she and the new work IT guy happen to be walking down the street together, they witness an elderly man collapse on the sidewalk and suddenly Eleanor’s orderly routines are dis... Read More »


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LPL_SarahM Jul 17, 2018

I love Eleanor! She reminded me a bit of Oskar Schell from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I've only discovered each of these characters in the past month or two and I feel lucky to have "met" them.

martins_mom Jul 16, 2018

Quirky, funny, sad, uplifting - everything you could ask for in a book. Eleanor is a lone figure who comes to acknowledge that some of her rigid thinking is holding her down, but still has problems giving up the habits of a lifetime.

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uncommonreader
Jul 16, 2018

Funny, charming, predictable. Honeywell is able to sustain the humour to the end.

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Riderfan4
Jul 10, 2018

I loved this book....one of the best that I've read in years. Well-written, funny, sad, and so topical. A must-read.

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ronston63
Jul 06, 2018

One of the best books I've read this year! Eleanor captured my attention and kept it throughout.

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bayernjes
Jun 15, 2018

I loved this book so much that I still think of it months later. It's the first book that's done that to me in years. I wish I could write like this, I've been really inspired by the author. Her main character is so likable and has such an interesting personality I just love her and the IT guy. There are so few characters, and it's essentially a simple story, but it's written so beautifully that it really stays with you.

It might've been different for me because I listened to it, the narrator was very good and is Scottish, which means the author probably is as well. I think it gave the story an extra bit of interest.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jun 04, 2018

I liked this book but I didn't love it. I didn't find Eleanor's struggles with social situations funny, I found them very sad. The book is well written and Eleanor was a fascinating, deeply troubled heroine. I found it maddening, however, to have spent the whole book trying to understand Eleanor, only to have the biggest revelations about her situation made in the last few pages of the book. It felt like a bit of a cheat by the author to have to truth about Eleanor's situation finally revealed as a big twist at the end.

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Javacat7
Jun 04, 2018

I loved this book. It is superb on audio. I also read it in print because audio was too slow, and audio is way to go if you can. The narrator relays a sweetness and matter of factness that I was unable to "hear" in print (prob just me but you never know).
IMHO, don't read anything about the book, well, except this - it's first person narrative, Eleanor is eccentric (at first, wondering, is she OCD or on the spectrum or both or other?), has a prodigious and precise vocabulary (know how it's said we all have a much larger vocabulary than we use? you'll so enjoy the vocab in this book). She does a good deed, has a job, does good work, doesn't understand her fellow employees, or they her, and spends her weekends alone. Something's woefully wrong and it takes the whole book to uncover it. I haven't cared this much about a flawed or damaged protagonist since G. Flynn's Sharp Objects. Highly recommended especially in audio. I loved the book. Also needed tissues. One more time -- seek this out in audio, and listen to at least 1 disk to get that voice in your head while you read.

OPL_AmyW May 26, 2018

A frank, and surprisingly funny, look at how easy it is to ignore or deny mental illness and allow it to become the norm. I found myself laughing with Eleanor at other character's eccentricities and bad manners and cheering her on as she slowly starts to push past her loneliness and lack of understanding, making genuine connections with those around her. I don't know if I've ever read a more honest portrayal of a "functioning" depressive, the person who is able to meet deadlines, get up and get to work in the morning, but whose body shuts down after those daily requirements are fulfilled.

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bookpusher
May 13, 2018

This is May's book selection for Jen Lancaster's online Bitter is the New Book club....I absolutely loved it!! Eleanor is so literal and so awkward (even though she thinks it's everyone else who is weird).....sad undertones, but I laughed out loud so many times throughout!! Very good!! Highly recommend....

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

“There are days when I feel so lightly connected to the earth that the threads that tether me to the planet are gossamer thin, spun sugar. A strong gust of wind could dislodge me completely, and I’d lift off and blow away, like one of those seeds in a dandelion clock. The threads tighten slightly from Monday to Friday.”

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cknightkc
Dec 10, 2017

“All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm.”

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behere
Nov 27, 2017

p 134: Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there's something very liberating about it; once you realize that you don't need anyone, you can take care of yourself.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

These days, lonliness is the new cancer -- a shameful, embarassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

O know, I know how ridiculous this is, how pathetic; but on some days, the very darkest days, knowing that the plant would die if I didn't water it was the only thing that forced me up out of bed.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

It's both good and bad, how humans can learn to tolerate pretty much anything, if they have to.

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

I did not own any Tupperware. I could go to a department store to purchase some. That seemed to be the sort of thing that a woman of my age and social circumstances might do. Exciting!

cals_readers Sep 21, 2017

You can't have too much dog in a book.

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SPL_Brittany Nov 05, 2017

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. A socially awkward 29-year old who works in the finance department as a clerk in a small graphics firm in Scotland. She is literal to a fault and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She is completely unfazed by office gossip, and takes comfort in avoiding social interactions. Eleanor lives alone and spends her weekends eating frozen pizza, drinking vodka and making calls to Mummy. According to Eleanor, she is completely fine, thank you very much!

Except maybe she isn’t.

Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond the new IT guy. Together they come to the aid of Sammy – an older man who they witness collapse in the street. The three become friends who rescue one another from the isolation each of them has been living. With the help of the two men, Eleanor begins to experience her world for the first time with a fresh perspective, and she slowly begins to come out of her shell as they help her to confront the terrible secrets of her past that she has fastidiously kept hidden away.

Debut author Gail Honeyman writes a heartwarming, funny and poignant novel that despite its light-hearted tone does not shy away from its more serious issues. It is a story written with depth, originality and well-developed characters. Readers will enjoy getting to know and rooting for Eleanor, as she navigates a world that was once familiar to her, which has become entirely new. This novel is perfect for those who’ve previously enjoyed titles such as “The Rosie Project” and “A Man Called Ove”.

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