Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Author:Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive -- but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except... more », sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted -- while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine? « less
I got the book through paperbackswap.com. On the cover, it states "Reese's Book Club" and there's a quote from Reese Witherspoon describing the book as "Beautifully written and incredibly funny." Describing the book as "incredibly funny" is (in my opinion) a gross mischaracterization of the book. Eleanor, the protagonist, is someone who has little in the way of social skills. Apparently, her ineptness in this area is what is so (supposedly) funny.
I felt somewhat sorry for Eleanor because of her quirky behavior that made it difficult for her to be accepted by her co-workers. Eleanor had no friends or social life. She spent her time outside work drinking at home. Early in the book the author hints that Eleanor had had something bad happen to her. It's not until nearly the end of the book that the full story is disclosed and one then understands why she drank.
There's not a lot of "action" in the book--rather, it's the story of a woman who goes "down the rabbit hole" and emerges from it transformed.