Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine… on paper. Her life is regimented and scheduled to the tee. Relying on her office job, vodka, and regular conversations with ‘Mummy’, everything she does is timetabled and idiosyncratic.
When Eleanor becomes friends with Raymond, things begin to change. Raymond is an IT worker at Eleanor’s office, and after the pair hit it off, they find themselves on an intriguing journey through life together, including helping an elderly man and rescuing a cat. But in the end, it’s Raymond who rescues Eleanor.
This novel by Gail Honeyman won the Audie Award for Fiction and has made a real splash on the book scene since it was published.
Kate, who is 26 years old, meets 86-year-old Rosemary when she is writing a news story for a London-based newspaper. The story is about the local lido being closed down and sold to property developers.
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Rosemary met George, her late husband, at the lido, and the place holds some of her fondest memories of him.
As Kate and Rosemary both fight against the closure of the lido, their friendship blossoms over the course of the book, shining a light on how even the most different people can strike up a beautiful bond.
Another classic story on our list, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, is a fantastic novel about four best friends who are about to spend their first summer away from each other.
Carmen buys a pair of jeans, but she doesn’t think they’re all that special. Her best friends Lena, Tibby, and Bridget all try them on, and they fit each girl perfectly. They even look great on Carmen!
The girls conclude that the pants must be magic, and as they go off on their holidays, they take turns wearing the ‘traveling pants’as their lives transform across the summer.
Sophie has just moved to Texas from Chicago with her husband and their young son. While settling into their new, small-town life, Sophie meets Margot Banks and is immediately drawn to her.
Margot is a socialite who is part of the Hunting Wives, an elite clique, and has a penchant for wild nights and behaving badly. Sophie gets sucked deeper and deeper into Margot’s mysterious ways, and the world around her changes before her eyes. Before she knows it, she’s part of a murder investigation.
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