Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: a Novel

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: a Novel / Gail Honeyman, 327 pp.

Thanks so much to Kara for reviewing this; her praise was well deserved.  Novels told from the point of view of characters who may or may not be 'on the spectrum' are trendy; Honeyman has taken the concept and worked it into something surprisingly fresh.  Eleanor's voice is funny but believable, and Honeyman never takes the quirks to extremes.  And yes, as Kara points out, any astute fiction reader can guess that completely fine means its opposite. (And who would read a novel about someone who was completely fine, anyway?)

Eleanor's progress from 'not fine' to 'on the mend' involves Raymond, the new IT guy at her office, and Sammy, an elderly man they meet while waiting for the bus.  While aspects of the plot are not totally original, Eleanor's voice certainly is, and the psychology feels true.  Recommended.

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