Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book and turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book:
Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): A sweet, quirky tale of modern redemption for readers of The Rosie Project, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, andThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Eleanor Oliphant is, well, a bit of an oddball–albeit a loveable one. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking…and that, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, a tendency to wear the same clothes year after year), means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner. But she thinks that nothing really important is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding perplexing social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, Glen’s Vodka, and phone chats with “Mummy.” But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and sweet 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 kind 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 repairing her own damaged one.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky woman whose social misunderstandings, mental health issues, and unabashed wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes that the only way to survive in the real world is to open her heart to friendship–and that there’s always room there for love, too…
I just started reading this one and so far it is reminding me of Sophie Kinsella‘s writing. I really enjoy these types of characters that are so lovable and flawed. I am looking forward to getting to the romance side of the story.
I suppose he felt sorry for me. I had a degree in Classics and no work experience to speak of, and I turned up for the interview with a black eye, a couple of missing teeth and a broken arm.
56% of eARC
I was silent, shocked by the unscheduled intrusion into my evening. “Well?” she said. “i’m waiting, darling…”
I cleared my throat. “I, er… I’m fine, Mummy. You were⎯ thinking about me?” This was a first.