Why We Love Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Celebrate Eleanor Oliphant Day with us on Saturday, June 9!

Readers around the world (including us!) have fallen in love with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick that follows an out-of-the-ordinary heroine as she opens her heart to life. Now that it’s available in paperback for the first time, Read It Forward has the exclusive announcement that Eleanor Oliphant Day will be this Saturday, June 9, and we cannot be more excited!

Eleanor Oliphant Day is a dedicated day for readers, booksellers and librarians across the country to share their love for this heartwarming story. Join us to celebrate on Saturday, June 9 by posting on social media using #EleanorOliphantIsCompletelyFine or visiting your local bookstore.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine became an instant favorite among book clubs who love Eleanor’s deadpan humor and unconscious wit. Reese Witherspoon raved “beautifully written and incredibly funny. . . I fell in love with Eleanor; and I think you will fall in love, too!”

We’re counting down the days until June 9, but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of our favorite quotes by Eleanor Oliphant that you can download to participate on social media:

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Five Times Eleanor Oliphant Made Us Laugh Out Loud


“Was this how it worked, then, successful social integration? Was it really that simple? Wear some lipstick, go to the hairdressers and alternate the clothes you wear?”


“My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does—and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper I know where you live to them, and hang up the phone very, very gently.”


“If I’m ever unsure as to the correct course of action, I’ll think, “What would a ferret do?” or, “How would a salamander respond to this situation?” Invariably, I find the right answer.”


“I had no idea how to respond, and opted for a smile, which serves me well on most occasions (not if it’s something to do with death or illness, though—I know that now.)”


“A philosophical question: if a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a potted plant, is she certifiable? It’s not as though I’m expecting a reply. I’m fully aware that Polly is a houseplant.”


Five Times Eleanor Oliphant Made Our Hearts Melt


“Something had crystallized in my mind. These new people, new adventures. . . this contact. I found it overwhelming, but, to my surprise, not at all unpleasant.”


“I took one of my hands in the other, tried to imagine what it would feel like if it was another person’s hand holding mine.”


“There are scars on my heart, just as thick, as disfiguring as those on my face. I know they’re there. I hope some undamaged tissue remains, a patch through which love can come in and flow out.”


“There must be some people for whom difficult behavior wasn’t a reason to end their relationship with you. If they liked you—then, it seemed, they were prepared to maintain contact. This was something of a revelation.”


“Grief is the price we pay for love, so they say. The price is far too high.”


And the Quotes We Can’t Stop Thinking About…

GAIL HONEYMAN is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress and is Honeyman’s debut novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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