Friday Reads: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine


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: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineTitle: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: May 9, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 unnecessary human contact, 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, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had 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.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . 

the only way to survive is to open your heart.

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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.

Book Beginning

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 ebook

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.

About Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman

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, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.

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