Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman (which we read at Story Cafe in January)

I have just finished, Gail Honeyman’s very first book, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. What a read! It’s funny and sad at the same time. It’s set in Glasgow and I could visualise the different places mentioned. Eleanor Oliphant is a 30 year old woman, very intelligent with a wide vocabulary. She loves doing cryptic crosswords. I had to look up a lot of the meanings of her words as I’d never heard them before. She is very used to her own company, feeling somewhat on the edge of society and lonely. I loved the way the author developed Eleanor’s character and you were aware of her changing and growing. Eleanor is really a lovely person and not a victim. You very gradually find out what has happened to Eleanor growing up and why she is the way she is. The ending took me completely by surprise. Definitely recommend this book and look forward to more Gail Honeyman books.

 

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