Gail Honeyman - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

In the vein of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk or even a Man Called One for the younger generation, this book shows why I’ll take a British writer over an American writer right now almost any day.

There’s not much in the way of plot here - awkward young woman makes a friend - but the characters are vivid. Also, after A Little Life, which I dislike more and more each day, it was wonderful to read a story about someone who had a difficult life who didn’t moan about it for 800 pages. The writer gets out of the way and lets the story unfold.