Nadine's Pick: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

03/02/2018

I always love reading an author's first book. It sets the tone for what you hope will, paradoxically, more of the same and yet somehow different. I was very impressed by "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine", Gail Honeyman's debut novel.

Spoiler Alert: Eleanor Oliphant is really not completely fine.

Eleanor lives alone, comfortable in a prescription-laden solitude interrupted only by her weekly phone calls with Mummy, a voice on the phone highly critical of Eleanor's every move made in her jail-induced absence. She is quietly disdainful of other people and their seemingly bizarre need for meaningful relationships. Eleanor quietly revels in her exacting routine, until shabbily-dressed Raymond, a computer nerd with too many faults to count, winds up completely disrupting her life after they rescue an elderly man together. She ends up - gasp! - meeting people she eventually calls friends, slowly changes her now seemingly-staid routine, and comes to terms with her toxic relationship with her mother.

A wonderful read with an ending that made me gasp aloud, laugh, and cry, "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" is my pick of the week.

Comments

Hi Nadine,
That is a lovely review. I have placed a hold on the audiobook! Thanks.