Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3221 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (May 9 2017)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M22OP1Q
Book Description

A stunning debut about a girl who has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything.

No-one’s ever told Eleanor life should be better than fine. But with a simple act of kindness she’s about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be.


 “Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

“Eleanor Oliphant endears herself to the reader with her cantankerous charm and her disarmingly inscrutable voice. A compulsive, irresistible narrative that arcs toward compassion and light.” —Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

“So powerful—I completely loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.” —Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

“Moving, hilarious, and intriguing, just like its unique, anti-social, anti-heroine. You will fall in love with Eleanor Oliphant.” —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

"Witty, charming, and heartwarming, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a remarkable debut about a singular woman." —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

“Like a contemporary Jane Eyre, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is a woman scarred by profound loneliness, and the shadow of a harrowing childhood she can’t even bear to remember. Bit by bit, and with extraordinary courage, however, Eleanor begins peeling the layers of protective numbness, letting others near for the first time, and reaching for the life she hasn’t believed she deserves. Deft, compassionate and deeply moving—Honeyman’s debut will have you rooting for Eleanor with every turning page. I loved this story.” —Paula McClain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife

“Honeyman’s debut is a stunner, as buoyant and charming as it is heartwrenching and emotionally sophisticated. Poor Eleanor Oliphant—often clueless, at times maddening, but always fascinating—walks right off the page and into the reader’s heart. Not only is Eleanor Oliphant completely fine, she’s a revelation.” —Jonathan Evison, author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance
“The book occupies that sweet spot between literary and commercial fiction: a highly readable but beautifully written story that’s as perceptive and wise as it is funny and endearing.” The Guardian

“ absolute joy, laugh-out-loud funny but deeply moving.”Express UK

About the Author

 Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award 2014, and was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Gail lives in Glasgow.

My Review

 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a debut novel written by Gail Honeyman. It is set in Glasgow but the setting could be anywhere. This is a character driven novel. The layers of the characters, particularly Eleanor, are peeled away as the novel progresses. At first I was not completely enamored with Eleanor but as the novel progressed I found that I liked her and understood her more and more.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a lovely tale about a woman who has had a really tough life and has managed to have zero social skills. When a coworker Raymond befriends her she begins to evolve into a more social person. I laughed and I cried with Eleanor throughout this book.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is hard to put down once you get into it. You want to know more and more about Eleanor. I think this book is going to do really well when it is published in May 2017.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a must read book of 2017. Highly recommend.

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