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.
Ann Patchett is a supremely talented writer, and she excels at weaving gorgeous tales like State of Wonder and Bel Canto. Author’s memoirs, such as Stephen King’s On Writing, are often my favorite type of book, and Patchett provides a compelling addition to the set with This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Moriarty relies heavily on school mothers being mean and catty to each other, and it was difficult to swallow the way her females characters treat each other (not to mention how certain husbands treat their wives).