Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think Eleanor is the way she is? Do you think this is a result of nature or nurture?
  2. What does Raymond find appealing about Eleanor?
  3. Why does Eleanor feel comfortable opening up to Raymond?
  4. What’s your favorite funny moment with Eleanor? -p.5, p. 15
  5. What role does Sammy (the old man) play in all of this?
  6. What was the deal with Raymond and Sammy’s daughter – Laura?
  7. Eleanor cheers herself up by saying “Morituri te salutant” (p. 15) – We who are about to die- salute you – what do you do to cheer yourself up?
  8. Work – “In most professions, getting older means getting better at your job, earning respect because of your seniority and experience” (p. 25).
  9. What do we think about Eleanor’s father?  P. 28 alludes to him being a rapist – but this is information from her mother.  Thoughts?
  10. What is the difference between loneliness and being alone? Which of these applies to Eleanor and why?  
  11. “Is knowing always better than not knowing?” Discuss.
  12. Mother: Looking back, does knowing the truth about Eleanor’s family change the way you look at the exchanges with the mother?
  13. How do you interpret the novel’s title?
  14. What do you think the future holds for Eleanor and Raymond? How is their relationship portrayed – is it love? And if so, is it romantic love or platonic love?Q

Questions are from the back novel, The Reading Agency , and original questions.


Recipes:

Veggies & Fiesta Ranch Dip

Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Sausage Rolls

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