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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

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Cathleen McCarron

11 Hours 2 Minutes

Penguin Audio

May 2017

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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

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 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 she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting 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. 

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    Heartbreaking, funny, and hopeful? Yes, all three. What a fantastic survivor Eleanor is.Everyone should have a pal like a Raymond, too.

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  • Edythe W

    Slow start, then very enjoyable! Excellent narration. Definitely worth that kind of missing the book now that it’s over. Give it a try.

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  • Julie M.

    I really enjoyed this book!! And the Narrator did a fabulous job!! I didn't know anything about this book or author and I'm so glad I tried it!!

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  • Katriona H.

    Loved this story. Ended a little too quickly but can't wait for the sequel ( hint, hint). The Scottish accent was beautiful to listen to and easy to understand. Brilliant!

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  • Sherry R.

    I really liked this book and looked forward to my daily listen . I miss Eleanor now that it’s over .

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  • Anonymous

    Hands down the best book ever. Her keen witty phrasings had me laughing out loud. I wrote a few down for myself to memorize and use at the appropriate moment. My book clubs number one favorite book.

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  • Jennifer C.

    Unsentimental look at childhood trauma and the need for human interaction as a remedy for healing. Characters slightly exaggerated but lovely to know over the course of the story.

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  • Patricia V.

    Eleanor, is an old friend I like to visit every couple of months! A must read!

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  • Lynne W.

    I really loved this book. The story is lovingly and humorously told by a terrific narrator. I could listen to her all day! So enjoyed learning Eleanor’s life story and her survival.

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  • Diane R.

    Exceptional book. I'm still thinking about them.

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