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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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    May 2017, 336 pages

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Smart, warm, uplifting, this novel is about an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey.

Eleanor Oliphant is, of course, completely fine. Because what else is she allowed to be? What other answer do you give to the question: "How are you?" Certainly not the real one. Certainly not when you have lived a life as damaging and fractious as that of Eleanor, and had to find your own way through it.

"The scalp massage at the hairdresser, the flu jab I had last winter – the only time I experience touch is from people whom I am paying, and they are almost always wearing disposable gloves at the time. I'm merely stating the facts. People don't like these facts, but I can't help that. If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE, is what you say."

Because she often doesn't recognize social norms, Eleanor ...

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