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?
About the author
Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, won the Costa First Novel Award 2017, and has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize.
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 Observer’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.
This book slapped me with every emotion possible! It’s obvious from the start that Eleanor is ‘different’ and as the book unfolds, the reasons become apparent.
The way her relationships were explored was genius, especially those with her mother and Raymond. Sometimes, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Eleanor’s naivety brought a bit of light humour to the book but I also found myself agreeing with her on some things and that had me questioning myself – in a good way. That same naivety also made me want to step into the book and give her a friendly hug. But then, there was this further layer of intense self awareness!
Through this story, I was taken on a truly wonderful journey which broke my heart more that once. If there’s anything that can be taken from it all, it’s be kind to everyone. You just don’t know what people are going through.
By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.