Readers around the world (including us!) have fallen in love with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman—a New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick that follows an out-of-the-ordinary heroine as she opens her heart to life. Read It Forward is excited to announce that Eleanor Oliphant Day is back this year, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday, June 22!
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 22 by posting on social media using #EleanorOliphantIsCompletelyFine or visiting your local bookstore. This year, you can also purchase an exclusive tote inspired by Eleanor Oliphant on Out of Print.
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!”
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We’re counting down the days until June 22, but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of our favorite quotes by Eleanor Oliphant that you can download to participate on social media:
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…