Have you been looking for a beautiful, uplifting novel to read? Look no further than Gail Honeyman’s super sweet novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!
Incredibly funny and an engrossing read, this novel showcases the importance of friendship and human connection. Its warm, uplifting, and slightly wacky storyline takes us through a loner’s life and discovering how she can reconnect with people around her.
In today’s digital world, connection can be difficult. We often forget the value of friendship and getting to know those around us.Though Eleanor deals with difficult topics, it does so in a way that is charming, accessible, and reminds us of the importance of reaching out for help from others.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant
Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the novel follows Eleanor Oliphant as she struggles with social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She spends her days avoiding others, carefully planning out her days, and her weekends are spent eating frozen pizza and enjoying vodka at home.
Her life gets thrown a curveball though when she saves Sammy, an eldery gentleman who’d fallen on the sidewalk. Her coworker Raymond, who works in IT, helps her with Sammy and soon the three become friends. As they help and then check on Sammy while he’s in hospital, the three become close and form a bond.
Their budding friendship helps to rescue each other from their isolated lives and Raymond’s gentle nature helps Eleanor to process her traumatic childhood and start to repair her own beliefs in people.
Not only has Eleanor captured the hearts of Hollywood elite like Reese Witherspoon (who plans to produce a movie adaptation of the book), but it’s earned rave reviews from readers and critics alike. Reviews call it “Satisfyingly quirky,” “warm and funny,” “astounding,” “simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking,” and “captivating.”
If you’ve been looking for a book that you’ll struggle to put down and to help remind you of the value of connection with those around you, we absolutely recommend this book.