ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COM­PLETELY FINE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Gail Honey­man, HarperCollins.

It’s no spoiler to re­veal that she’s not in fact com­pletely fine. Eleanor is a bit bonkers; she’s so­cially in­ept, and lonely and dam­aged in a way that some­how man­ages to be both heart­break­ing and hi­lar­i­ous. And when Eleanor fi­nally finds a lit­tle com­pas­sion, she ven­tures into a world that she has never en­coun­tered be­fore. The first time she dances, to that party peren­nial Y.M.C.A., she quickly catches on – “Freeform jig­ging, com­mu­nal shapes in the air; freeform jig­ging, com­mu­nal shapes in the air. Danc­ing was easy.” But why peo­ple would sing about a “gen­der and faith-based youth or­gan­i­sa­tion” does give her pause. There are many laughs on Eleanor’s jour­ney, and you are left with a rein­vig­o­rated faith in the power of kind­nesses.

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