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, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735220683
0735220689
9780735224193
0735224196
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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glennside
Sep 22, 2017

I totally enjoyed this book. It's been awhile since I looked forward to reading a book as much as this one and I was happy with the way the author unfolded the story and reached a satisfying conclusion.

VaughanPLUrszula Sep 11, 2017

A quick, breezy read that deals with more serious, thought-provoking themes of loneliness, victims of trauma, and socialization. Eleanor has a caustic way with words, yet her voice rings endearingly true. Also satisfying is the depth granted tothe bit characters supporting the story. Some aspects of the novel come across a bit pat, but still highly recommended, especially for book clubs.

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pajiko
Sep 07, 2017

I completely loved this book, especially Eleanor's sense of humor and vocabulary. Best book I have read in a very, very long time.

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tstadheim
Sep 05, 2017

I thought this book was incredible! Great ending as well.

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jeanie123
Aug 06, 2017

I lost my breath in a few places when the story was feeling a little close to home. This is an amazing debut novel and I loved getting to know Eleanor as she came to terms with herself and her past in both heartbreaking and humorous turns. I highly recommend this book.

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queensgirl1963
Jul 17, 2017

I loved this book! I highly recommend reading it.

Cynthia_N Jul 10, 2017

The first thing you need to know is that Eleanor Oliphant is NOT completely fine. There was an incident when Eleanor was just 10 years old and she spent the rest of her childhood in foster care. It wasn't bad foster care but she never felt loved. Her method of communication is odd and I kept wondering if she had a form of Asperger's or if she just never learned to interact with others. She has never really had any friends and then she meets a coworker who is putting forth the effort to be friends and it triggers quite a lot of emotions for Eleanor and she isn't prepared to deal with any of them. Great read!! The last thing you need to know is that Eleanor Oliphant WILL be completely fine.

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Raindancer
Jul 10, 2017

I loved this book. Eleanor Oliphant is my favourite character in quite some time. She is a wonderful, quirky but unlikely heroine who grew on me with every page. Her turn of phrase and world outlook is refreshing and funny. At times I thought the book would get to dark for me but it didn't and was in the end an uplifting story. The book is a brilliant, witty, refreshing and hopeful story that is slowly revealed to the reader.

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calvoer
Jul 07, 2017

I'd say it's a slight cut above ordinary chick lit, not nearly as good as the bucketfuls of hype would have you believe, but not terrible either. What differentiates it from standard chick lit is that Eleanor has a different style of communicating, a facial scar and profound loneliness. The resolution of her issues seems too pat. In fact, there's a lot about this novel that doesn't ring true; for example Eleanor's mother - a comic book evil Cruella, straight out of Disney, and the fact that a few months of therapy allow Eleanor to shrug her evil mother off.

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becker
Jul 04, 2017

A fairly serious topic underlays a light and easily read story. The author does some interesting things with character in this book and I loved the way she unfolds the story to you in bits and pieces that you are required to put together. I did feel the book dragged a bit in the middle but for the most part it was an engaging read that many people are going to enjoy.

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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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