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Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman
Penguin Books, 9780735220690, 2018, 352pp.

The Short of It:

It took me years to finally pick this book up and now I am hitting myself over the head with my copy because I could have enjoyed it years earlier.

The Rest of It:

What you need to know right off, is that this book has been marketed as “funny” and “warm” and with that colorful cover, it radiates a lightness which is probably why I overlooked it for so long. It remains a popular Reese Witherspoon pick, but nowhere, anywhere have I seen any reference to the heaviness of the story.

This story has some teeth, that’s what I am saying.

Eleanor is quirky and odd and as the author put it, sometimes a bit daft. She possesses a good job and manages to be somewhat social with her co-workers when needed, but in a very, off-putting formal way. She’s efficient when she needs to be, but a complete and total disaster other times.

Early on, it’s clear that something has happened to Eleanor. It’s referred to as “the incident” and it’s left her curiously alone, living in social housing with regular visits from a social worker. This is fine. Eleanor is fine, or so it seems until she meets a new co-worker by the name of Raymond. Up until this point, she has convinced herself that her life is good but Raymond’s sweet, unassuming ways and the kindness he displays forces her to consider the life she’s been living thus far and she has found it to be lacking.

Sigh. This book! It kind of tore me up a little. It’s actually very sad but peppered with “Eleanorisms” which lightens the load as details from the past are slowly revealed. I loved it. I loved how simple the storytelling was and I liked many, many of the characters both large and small. I am sitting here as I write this review, still pondering Eleanor’s story and that is definitely the sign of a great read. It has some sweet moments and really is a story about survival.

I highly recommend it. It would make for an excellent club read. I heard that Witherspoon bought the rights to it early on, to produce a movie down the line. I see no updates on a movie being in the works but I think if there is one, it will be very successful.

This was a book on my Summer Reading List so I am glad to finally check this one off my list and add it to my list of faves.

Source: Purchased
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Sunday Matters: It Was Just a Matter of Time

Sunday Matters

I think for most of us, we had two good weeks where things were looking up. Numbers were down and there was hope on the horizon. Those were a glorious two weeks.

If you look at the numbers now, they paint a picture of doom and gloom. It’s not surprising. I came to the conclusion earlier in the week that I am just going to continue doing what we’re doing and not to take any chances with our luck.

We all need to cross our fingers, (and pray) that we do not suffer another round of closures. This would be devastating for many reasons. I feel like we still have time to get a handle on it. Yes. California bars are now closed again and our beaches were closed for the holiday weekend. Our restaurants are now closed for dining in, again. But please, no more closures! Just do what you need to do.

Right Now:

I am looking up recipes for pasta salad. My youth group has an upcoming picnic and although I am bringing sandwiches I may also bring pasta salad. It will be outside, at a park with distancing in place. I fear that parks will be closed again soon so hopefully we can actually do this.

This Week:

Guys, hold your hats but my daughter is taking her senior pics this week. They can’t do the cap and gown pic because they are loaned clothing items and COVID rules won’t allow it so she will have to go back for that shot in the spring.

I cleaned up my patio area and now it’s a glorious spot to sit in the morning with my Bible study or current read.

Reading:

I finished The Last Flight and the review posts this Tuesday. I also finished Emma in the Night. That review should post this week as well. Both, enjoyable, quick reads.

I think I will read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine next which is a title on my Summer Reading List.

Watching:

I think everyone and their brother watched Hamilton on Disney +.  this weekend. SO enjoyable. That is the one good thing about this pandemic, all the theatre that has been streaming for free. I’ve seen some great theatre.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I started this Bible reading plan for July. Some friends are reading it with me.

Grateful for:

  • Kettle corn (perfect snack)
  • Long weekends
  • Perfectly cooked corn on the cob
  • Breezy, sunny days

Hang in there, my friends! It’s about to get difficult again but we will be okay.