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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a 2017 novel by British author Gail Honeyman (born 1972). It is about a socially maladjusted Scottish woman whose crush on a musician begins a series of changes in her life.

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Eleanor Oliphant is the eponymous protagonist of the novel. Oliphant is a socially maladjusted 30 year old; this last point is driven home by her early remark that her "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." Oliphant works in an office.

Oliphant's mother, whom she refers to as "Mummy," is another principal character. Her relationship with Mummy is a cause of antagonism and, it is later learned, her mother actually perished many years before; the ongoing conversations Oliphant believes she has with her are not, in fact, real.

Raymond Gibbons is a friend of Oliphant's who works in the same office she does as the IT specialist. Initially, Oliphant is standoffish towards the poorly dressed Raymond; shortly after meeting him she notes her annoyance when they end up walking down the same path at the same time. He and Oliphant become introduced with another character, Sammy, when they assist him after a mishap in the street.

Other characters include Oliphant's employer, Bob; Johnnie Lomond, a local musician; and Dr. Maria Temple.

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