With A Little Help From My Friends
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a book club recommendation. It took me a while to get into it because it seems that lately, all we read about are oddballs.
I wasn't really into the novel. Eleanor Oliphant was a stiff, literal thinking and speaking, weird lady. As it turned out, it wasn't the character, Eleanor, that was the problem. It was me. Finally, around page 145, I burst out laughing. I finally got it. The book is humorous. It wasn't a serious case study about a damaged life. Well, it wasn't a serious study. But Eleanor had a miserable childhood with a pscho mother.
We meet her when she's in her twenties. She works in an office and has a lonely and boring life. Then she meets Raymond. Raymond turns out to be the best friend anyone could hope for. He brings her out of her mental and emotional prison. Actually, her psychiatrist does, but it was Raymond who suggested it and continued to support Eleanor's recovery.
In the end, she's fine--completely fine. Cute story.