“I do not light up a room when I walk into it. No one longs to see me or hear my voice. I do not feel sorry for myself, not in the least. These are simply statements of fact.”
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is one of my favorite books from last year! I first picked it up because it was selected by Reese Witherspoon’s book club and it stole my heart.
I love every single page of this brilliant, beautifully written debut novel. Eleanor is the most authentic literary character I’ve come across. She’s unique, quirky, hilarious, blunt, an introvert, and an animal lover. Her inner dialogue, as well her outspoken words are hilarious. When I read her painful childhood memories, I really felt for her. She can make you laugh, but also make you cry. She’s a truly wonderful character and I am so grateful I got to know her.
Five gorgeous stars!!!
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.
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