CHRIST IN WINTER: Reflections on Faith & Life for the Years of Winter —
Yes, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, as Gail Honeyman assures us, but she has a heart-wrenching and hilarious time getting that way. I am reluctant to recommend fiction, because fiction tastes are so subjective, but GH is a superb writer, so much so that you don’t even notice how well she writes, and Eleanor’s is a completely intriguing story. Actually two stories at once, the public Eleanor and the hidden Eleanor, and GH parcels out each piece of the secret story at just the right moment.
Not a word about religion in the whole book, except for an occasional “Jesus Christ!” said in disgust, but GH deals subtly with good and evil, isolation and salvation, guilt and forgiveness, being and non-being without ever using those words.
According to the cover, Reese Witherspoon is making a movie out of the book.
It’s the best novel I’ve read in a long time, and I thank Marsha Huberty for recommending it to Helen.
John Robert McFarland
“Jesus Christ has saved many people who never knew his name.” C.S. Lewis