Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
What they said:-
A stunning debut. 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?
What I thought:-
Gail Honeyman has created in Eleanor Oliphant a remarkably engaging and endearing character, for all her lack of social graces. She is a unique and fascinating personality whose carefully learned life skills are increasingly not a good fit with her life. I was reminded at times of Don Tillman in The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. My heart went out to her very quickly and I loved this story, which is beautifully written. It's an unusual, delightful tale which deserves to be widely read.