Contemporary Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Gail Honeyman with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Quick take

This is a warm account of one woman’s fight to let go of old hurts and insecurities and make room for self-acceptance and friends.

Why I love it

Ever meet one of those people who, for no clear reason, treats you like you’re not worth the time of day? I often wonder what their reason is for acting like that. Did they wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Are they just clueless about how conversations work? Or could it be that their life experiences give them reason to be guarded, to be wary of giving other people even the tiniest of ins?



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 social interactions, 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...

Member thoughts

70% Love
26% Like
3% Dislike
  • Cynthia C.

    Sayre, PA

    "I just love books with quirky characters that I can relate to."

  • Michele G.

    Philadelphia, PA

    "Eleanor is one of my favorite fictional characters of 2017. She is smart, she is sassy, she is human. All the stars for this absolute gem. "

  • Katee H.

    Roanoke, VA

    "Although I wasn't sure about it as I read it I really ended up enjoying it. I didn't see the twist at the end coming."

  • Susan H.

    Sarasota, FL

    "What a fun read! I fell in love with quirky Eleanor and her friends. It's both charming and tragic and I would recommend it again and again. Thought-provoking and just captivating!"

  • Lindsey R.

    Skiatook, OK

    "As soon as I started this book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it grabbed me and held on to me until the end. I couldn't put it down. It will make you think about the people in your life."

  • Marianne G.

    Germantown, MD

    "I looooooovvvvved this book. Reminded me a little of The Rosie Project, in that the narrator is socially different. Wanted to know the back story. I loved getting to know Eleanor."

  • Anna K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Equal parts heartbreak and comedy; I’m left madly in love with Eleanor. "

  • Corinne R.

    Irvine, CA

    "Eleanor is one of the most unique characters I've ever encountered in literature. She is both grating and lovable, serious and hilarious, sane and truly nutty. What a fascinating reading experience!"

  • Bailey J.

    Staten Island, NY

    "Ugh, I loved Eleanor. I just wanted to hug her. Her journey was so beautiful and hard. "

  • Siri K.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "This book is simple amazing. I couldn’t put it down- it made me cry and laugh, and then cry some more with a smile on my face. Just read it!"

  • Bridgett B.

    Lolo, MT

    "Such a charming novel. So smart and funny. Eleanor is one of those characters who stays with you long after you've finished the last page"