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, 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?
An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness.
This book is at the completely the opposite end of the spectrum for the books I usually read, but after downloading a free sample from Amazon to see what all the fuss was about, I was completely gripped and downloaded the full book immediately. All I can say is WOW! What a rollercoaster ride! It made me think so much about myself, as there are so many traits that Eleanor has that I see in myself (thankfully without the darker undertones of the childhood experienced by Eleanor.) The routines, the mannerisms, the weird crush and the social media obsession. Her references to the ‘the musicians’ social media statuses had me in hysterics, because many a time I have had exactly the same conversations with myself. I didn’t want the book to end. It made me realise we should all accept our quirks, and that regardless of the pass we can all change for the better.
A wonderful read.