Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
The only way to survive is to open your heart ……
Eleanor Oliphant Book Club Questions
1. Why do you think Eleanor leads a lonely life? What factors contribute to her unconventional personality?
- What are some things that Eleanor has to learn that most of us take for granted? Why does she want to change her appearance?
- Why does Eleanor feel sorry for beautiful people? Do you think there’s some truth in her reasoning? Why or why not?
- Describe Eleanor’s relationship with her mother. Why do you think Eleanor keeps in regular contact with her?
- Little gestures of kindness mean a lot to Eleanor. Why? Do you think most people overlook the importance of thoughtfulness?
- Eleanor often speaks her mind. Does her forthrightness make you uncomfortable or make you cheer for her?
- How does Eleanor and Raymond’s relationship evolve? Where do you see them in five years?
- Raymond tells Eleanor that she deserves nice things. Why do you think he feels that way? Do you agree with him?
- When does Eleanor start to feel hopeful about her life? What signs of positive change did you notice in her day-to-day routine?
- How did you feel about the ending of the book? Did it change your perspective about Eleanor?