Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 2 minutes
First Published: 2018
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
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.
Quotes from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.
Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.
Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself.
Time only blunts the pain of loss. It doesn’t erase it.
About Gail Honeyman
Gail Honeyman is the author of the novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. She grew up in Scotland and attended Glasgow University, where she worked as an administrator.