Eleanor Oliphant is quite a quirky character. You see she has trouble in social situations. She never knows what to say or how to act. She has a nondescript job in a graphic design office and she’s quick to tell you that she’s NOT, in fact a graphic artist, nor does she really know or care about the industry at all.
Eleanor lives alone and aside from a weekly demeaning phone call from her mother, she has no family or friends. She doesn’t much care for her coworkers, nor they for her. She lives a sad life which highlights include only Friday night pizza and plenty of vodka.
We also know that Eleanor endured some sort of mysterious accident when she was a child and this accident left a large scar on her cheek.
When Eleanor meets Raymond, an IT guy at work, she finds him odd and dirty and impolite. Until one day she and Raymond help an elderly man who has fallen on the sidewalk. Together they help him and keep in touch with him, visiting him in the hospital and ensuring that he’s alright. Raymond and Eleanor form a bond (Eleanor resisting all the while) and become actual friends…or maybe more?
Eleanor reminded me of Don Tillman from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. If you enjoyed that one, you may like this one too.