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Date finished: April 23, 2019

Rating: ★★★★

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

With wit and heartwarming prose, Gail Honeyman introduces readers to Eleanor Oliphant. A more traumatized, female Ove (Fredrik Backman), Eleanor offers a unique perspective on the world from someone who grew up alone and who prefers to spend her adult life that way — because she doesn’t know anything else.

Eleanor experienced awful childhood trauma, and it shaped her relationships (or lack thereof) for the next two decades. Now, at 30, she realizes there might be more to life that the same lackluster weekly routine year in and year out. She inadvertently (and unwillingly) makes a new friend from work, Raymond, and he shows her what it means to make one’s own family.

With the help of Raymond and a few other new friends, Eleanor realizes that people are generally good, it’s okay to have fun, and problems don’t have to be faced alone.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a beautiful underdog story I’ll pick up again.

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