Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Hardcover)

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Eleanor Oliphant has a life that is just fine. She works in an office. She eats pasta every night. On Fridays she treats herself to a frozen pizza. She talks to her mother every Wednesday. She doesn’t shop, she doesn’t cut her hair, and she certainly doesn’t socialize…until an old man stumbles in the street and she stumbles into an unlikely friendship with a colleague. Trying to navigate entering society with no arsenal of social norms is tough for Eleanor, especially while also beginning to finally deal with the childhood horror that left those scars all over her face. But when Eleanor’s completely fine life takes a turn for the worst, at least she has the support of a new friend to lean on.

— Rebekah Rine

Everything about Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Capital F-I-N-E, fine. That is, until she realizes that maybe it isn't.

Eleanor is a thirty-year-old woman who has never known unconditional love, but that's never troubled her. She's made concessions, she's found her routines, and she's determined to believe that she can be entirely content alone. At the office she's mocked for her awkwardness (she doesn't understand many social cues), and this is nothing new. She's been mocked, marred, and mentally tormented for the greater part of her life.

But Eleanor's world changes - the kind of epic shift that pulls her out of her drudgery - when she sees a musician, her muse, at a chance outing. From that moment on, Eleanor creates a world for herself and her musician; she starts inching out into the real world, too. As her fantasy unfolds, she also realizes that she has the power to change herself. Slowly, but surely, Eleanor starts to integrate socially into her office with the help of Raymond, the IT guy that is truly lovable. She also takes small steps to enter the real world: changing her routines, meeting new people, trying new things.

Eleanor is like many heroines of literature: she has a dark past and must overcome it to find her own happiness. The struggles she endures - and they're dark indeed - help her realize that she can be loved and can love others (even a cat named Glen) unconditionally.

— Shelly Walston



A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

"Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too " --Reese Witherspoon

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.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting 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.

About the Author

Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine won the Costa First Novel Award and was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. This is Honeyman's debut novel and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780735220683
ISBN-10: 0735220689
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English