eleanor OliphantrevCharming, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Eleanor is a classic “socially awkward” young woman, rigid and very much a self-proclaimed “loner.” Not initially the kind of character that one would call endearing. Set in her ways, she works during the week, calls her highly critical mother every Wednesday night and drinks vodka alone on the weekends.  When she and Raymond, the new IT employee at the office come to the rescue of an elderly man, Eleanor’s carefully ordered life suddenly starts to change.

Through the story, Eleanor’s tragic life is revealed. Ever patient and persistent, Raymond helps Eleanor transform herself as she gains insight and understanding of herself and what happened to her to better learn to interact with others. I found myself cheering her on as she musters the flexibility to adapt and to recognize that caring for others can bring you happiness.

Tragic and hilarious, Eleanor with her many quirks, blunt interactions and ability to overcome her sad past will remain a unique, memorable-and enduring-character for a long, long time!

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