Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a fictional novel about a young woman named Eleanor living a solitary life in England who develops a crush on a local musician. After seeing him perform once, she decides he is the man of her dreams and begins to develop a plan to meet him with the belief he will feel the same way once he meets her.
Unexpected circumstances postpone the implementation of her foolhardy plan, but ultimately lead Eleanor on a deeply painful, yet healing path.
I was impressed with this story because of the way it deals with the reality of someone living with repressed memories. The truth about Eleanor’s tumultuous childhood and abusive mother is revealed ever so slowly. It mirrors real life and places the reader in Eleanor’s shoes as she resists the need to uncover her hidden past.
This is an emotional story with a number of surprises which held my interest from beginning to end. Highly recommended!