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Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman
As I read this book I kept thinking “this will definitely be a movie”. So as I started to write this review I googled it, and sure enough it will. One of Reese Wetherspoons upcoming movies with her new production company. And in fact she may even play the title character.
Whaky and quirky and lacking most social skills, Eleanor Oliphant leads an overly structured life with no friends, no family and very little interaction with anyone. Except her co-workers at her office where she has worked for nine years. But her co-workers find her really strange, and Eleanor has no idea why.
Except for the large burn scar on her face – Eleanor thinks she’s normal. Well, maybe except for the three bottles of vodka she drinks on the weekend, Eleanor thinks she’s normal. Maybe the fact that she wears only black pants and white blouse everyday, or she eats the exact same thing everyday – or she speaks to her mother every Wednesday night even though she doesn’t know where her mother is. Eleanor realizes that probably isn’t normal. Eleanor’s obsession with a local rock star seems normal to her – in fact she is so sure the rocker will fall in love with her, if they could only meet. Not normal.
Eleanor’s life changes the day she coincidentally meets the new I.T. guy at her office and coincidentally is walking out of the building at the same time as he is and they coincidentally see an old man have a heart attack on the sidewalk right in front of them.
And so begins Eleanor’s life lessons in learning to have a conversation, break from her routine, speak the truth about her past, her sister, her mother and all that took place in her abused and horrible childhood. Eleanor’s introduction to reality begins right there.
Sometimes laugh out loud, sometimes get your tissue, Eleanor’s story and those who rescue her is endearing and emotional, hysterical and sobering. Watch for this one on the big screen.
Five stars for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Check out last week’s review of “The Snow Child”