A debut novel and a delight! I read a lot of books and it’s always a thrill to find something fresh and uniquely brilliant. Briefly, Eleanor is extremely socially inept. Her interactions with others leave the reader gasping in pain (often oweing to the extent to which she can relate to Eleanor!); or, amusement at the comical faux pas Eleanor commits, and is completely oblivious to. But just before this becomes too limited, the novel evolves into something infinitely more complex and rewarding. We learn more about who Eleanor is, why she is like she is, and how she can find some happiness and peace in her world. This type of ‘genre-hopping’ is tricky to pull off, but in this case it’s utterly successful because it enriches the story by adding a complexity that further illustrates the main character. And Eleanor stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. It made me cringe; it made me laugh and it even made me cry. A real gem; highly recommended.