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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine : a novel
2017
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Characters
Eleanor Oliphant (Female), Single, Outspoken, Avoids social interactions
Raymond (Male), Bumbling; unhygienic IT guy
Sammy (Male), Gentleman, Elderly
Genre
Fiction
Literary
Topics
Eccentrics
Relationships
Friendship
Setting
Glasgow, Scotland - Europe
Scotland - Europe
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Eleanor Oliphant is a socially inept 30-year- old who bounces between self-restrictive practicality and flights of fantasy more appropriate to a teenaged girl. Honey-man has created a mix of a Cinderella and ugly duckling who finds that life outside her daily routine can be magical and rewarding. A serendipitous conjunction of a growing friendship with a colleague and his decision to step in to help save a senior citizen with a health crisis spurs -Eleanor to look beyond her cloistered present and a traumatic past. The author paces the story of that past with well-placed clues, spread like bread crumbs, to keep Eleanor sympathetic and worth cheering for. Cathleen -McCarron embraces this audio role with skill. -VERDICT Recommended for larger fiction collections. ["Honeyman's exquisite, heartbreaking, funny, and irresistible novel brings to life a character so original and pitch-perfect that it is nearly impossible to believe this is a debut": LJ 2/15/17 review of the Pamela Dorman: Viking hc.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa -Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old and profoundly lonely, working in a dead-end job and stuck in an endless routine. At the start of the story, she seems to merely be socially awkward-she is overly blunt and truthful in a way people find off-putting, she doesn't grasp social cues or pop culture references, and she takes everything literally. Then she and her coworker Raymond unexpectedly help an old man who has collapsed, the three form an odd friendship, and Eleanor begins to open up about her traumatic past. Narrator McCarron gives an award-worthy performance: her Eleanor is by turns comical in her obliviousness to basic things and utterly heartbreaking in discussing her past. Her narration is nuanced, conveying both Eleanor's surface facade of "everything's fine" and all the subtle layers of repressed pain and trauma underneath. It's a performance that will stay in listeners' minds long after the story is over. A Viking/Dorman hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT <br> <br> A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick<br> <br> "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 <br> <br> No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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. . .<br> <br> The only way to survive is to open your heart.
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