Written by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
Truly Endearing Tale!
I’ve been looking forward to reading this novel, and although I’ve seen plenty of mentions of it as an excellent book, I managed to avoid knowing what it was all about.
Eleanor Oliphant is a very self-contained person; not one to make friends. She goes to work where others tend to laugh at her or talk about her as if she’s not present. She lives alone, returning to her flat each evening and preparing a simple meal; the choices she make in life are all based on practicality. She keeps herself, her clothes and her flat clean and tidy but never has any visitors – or indeed any friendly interactions. Eleanor is a social outcast, very much a person who views life in black and white with no shaded areas whatsoever.
The first inkling we get that all is not what is seems is from a scheduled appointment which occurs around every six months. It’s obvious then that there is a back story to Eleanor’s life and, along with her day-to-day routine we slowly find out what makes her tick.
This is a truly endearing tale which will make every person reading it look around them and wonder how many Eleanors are on the periphery of our own lives. A beautiful novel, and one which will leave an indelible mark on my heart. It is an outstanding debut, extremely well thought out and written with great finesse. Definitely not to be missed and one which I heartily recommend as it will enrich every reader’s life.
My thanks to publishers Harper Collins for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: literary fiction
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1179.0 KB
- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Publication Date: 18 May 2017
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/eUf80lq
Meet the Author
Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, won the Costa First Novel Award 2017.
As a work in progress, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Since publication, translation rights have sold to over thirty territories worldwide, Reese Witherspoon has optioned it for film and it was chosen as one of the <i>Observer</i>’s Debuts of the Year for 2017. Gail was also awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award in 2014, and has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.
Gail lives in Glasgow.