Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, review by Shelly Walston
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.