Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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""Move over, Ove (in Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove)--there's a new curmudgeon to love."--Booklist (starred review). "Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is absolutely gripping."--Jojo Moyes, #1New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You. "Deft, compassionate and deeply moving -- Honeyman's debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page." -- Paula McClain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. 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. Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"Smart, warm, uplifting, the 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 her heart. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735220706
0735220700
9780735220683
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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DCLadults May 04, 2018

Psychology: You will be feeling all the feels after reading this one.

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membooks16 Feb 05, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant. She is a quirky and cantankerous thirty year old who has mostly isolated herself from others. When she begins to reach slightly beyond her normal routine she surprisingly discovers that she has made an actual real life friend. This is uncharted territory ... Read More »

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bookloverjane Jan 28, 2018

Eleanor is an engaging yet quirky character. The story of her childhood, however, is tragic and more than a bit disturbing.

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TashD Oct 17, 2018

This book had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Eleanor's thoughts are hilarious and although she is extremely awkward socially, we eventually learn about her past. The author did such a great job of describing the character that you feel like you really know her. I have been recommending this book a lot!

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Bakulika
Oct 16, 2018

An interesting read! All the characters are enchanting!!

ArapahoeAlice Oct 16, 2018

This is an incredible book, and it will stick with me a long, long time. Eleanor Oliphant is one of the loneliest, saddest women when you first meet her. Gradually you learn her story, and hope that a ray of light will appear in her life. The writing is extraordinarily beautiful without being pretentious. The bits of humor where Eleanor has difficulty with social interactions and thinks the other person is at fault are beyond funny. Don't miss this one.

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Mya614
Oct 15, 2018

The few chapters, I had a hard time following the main character and what she was saying. I started to laugh of her lack of knowledge of social cues. The ending was not what I was expecting. Such a good book and reminds us not to judge people solely on the outside.

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BohoBookDragon
Oct 09, 2018

Fantastic. Witty, dry humor and quirkiness define Eleanor. A lovely story and one I will be adding to my bookshelves.

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CarleeMcDot
Sep 14, 2018

I'll be honest, I had no idea what this book was about when I got "in line" for it at the library - I just knew I had a ton of friends who were reading it, loved it or had it on their "must read" list so I figured I'd just on the bandwagon. Let me start off by saying I am so confused as to all the comments (both in reviews online and on the back cover of the book) that state this is "humorous, funny and hilarious". This is a dark story with very serious themes. I have never thought that rape, child abuse, depression, assault, murder, mental illness, etc were amusing. I actually spent the first half of the book thinking that maybe the main character had Aspergers and wasn't sure why a reader would consider laughing at the character's somewhat odd social interactions. With that said, I do believe this was a well written book (especially seeing as it is the author's first novel). It is a great reminder that we have no idea the demons others are battling and to engage with everyone from a place of love and respect. I think had I not read the notes mentioning how "amusing" this book was I probably would have gone in with different expectations and might even have liked it a little more. I would give it a 7 out of 10.

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natcin7
Sep 12, 2018

First time novelist, Gail Honeyman, has written a smart, funny story about a 30-year-old lonely office worker in Scotland. Despite having worked for nine years at the same place, Eleanor Oliphant does not relate to her co-workers and has no friends. She lives the life of a recluse until one day she becomes a good Samaritan helping an older man who has collapsed on the street. This one unselfish act opens up her world and leads to her experiencing friendship and love for the first time in her adult life. Eleanor is a fervent crossword puzzle aficionado and dispenses bon mots and literary morsels in her naïve observations about people and society. Some of her comments are "laugh out loud" funny. I will not be able to go to the hair salon or get a manicure from now on without thinking about Eleanor and her thoughts about the absurdity of it all. This could have been a very bleak story about the effects of a tragic childhood. Instead, it's a delightful, literate story of a young woman's triumphant survival. Yes, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine! Can't wait for Ms. Honeyman's next novel.

LoganLib_JennyI Aug 29, 2018

All hail the Eleanor Oliphant, and of course, Raymond too! Our book club read this novel and I just adored it.
Honeyman does a wonderful job constructing the narrative roller-coaster ride of Eleanor, which is kick-started with a jolt of kindness by a work colleague.
Eleanor sees life from a very unique perspective.
We follow the wide-ranging sojourns of Eleanor's life: beauty appointments, office friendships, conversations with mummy, romantic interests, horrors of the past and good samaritan acts to name but a few.
I found this a book which also sets the reader on a journey of the emotions, from delight to sadness to compassion to horror and ultimately understanding.

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CherylGreen1
Aug 28, 2018

Fantastic story; albeit a dark story. The author has portrayed each character brilliantly!

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vancouverville
Aug 16, 2018

Wow. I couldn't get Eleanor off my mind. Gail Honeyman's characters have depth and are complicated, even if they're a bit odd. But it's their quirkiness that makes them endearing. Though the book get's pretty dark, the gentle humour makes it tolerable.

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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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Mya614
Oct 15, 2018

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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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DanakoReads
Sep 25, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Suicide, child abuse, murder

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