Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Posted on October 11, 2018 - 10:28am

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is a creature of habit. She goes to work as a bookkeeper, does the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, has pizza and vodka every Friday night, and calls her “Mummy” on Wednesdays. Her rigidly scheduled life, however, involves very little social interaction because Eleanor lacks social skills. She tends to blurt out absolutely cringeworthy but hilarious observations and is the butt of office jokes. She doesn’t care, though, because she’s completely fine.

Her life changes when she meets Raymond from the IT department. Eleanor and Raymond help someone in need and begin spending more time together. Raymond helps Eleanor navigate the social arena as she sets her sights on a musician she has decided is the man of her dreams.

Nothing goes as planned, however, and Eleanor’s past begins to be revealed. The reader is drawn in and becomes invested in Eleanor. I found myself cheering her on as relationships developed and holding my breath when she spiraled downward. Eleanor left me heartbroken, but hopeful.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is author Gail Honeyman’s first novel. It would make a great book club read as it involves themes ranging from loneliness to abusive relationships. It’s available in the library network in book, large print, audiobook, ebook, and book club kit.

Becky McGraw, Circulation Library Assistant