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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

21 April 2020
Written by: Gail Honeyman
Review by: Anneke Elsing
Genre: General Fiction

Eleanor leads a simple life. Wears the same clothes to work, eats the same meal deal for lunch, buys two bottles of vodka for the weekend. She's happy. But what's missing?

When you first meet her, it's hard not to feel very sad for Eleanor. She's simply existing a lonely and sombre life without friends and family.

Gradually little pieces of her past are revealed and life changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

When she and Raymond save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they have been living.

Ultimately, it is Raymond's big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship and even love, after all.

When I came closer to the end I started to read faster, keen to know what exactly had happened in her life.

Comments on backcover: "A story about the very worst and very best that humans are capable of ... Funny, brave and utterly devastating".

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