What a great book!!! I think it is very cleverly written, as you gradually realise Eleanor’s autistic character, and the way that she was damaged in childhood by a cruel mother whose hurtful taunts and put-downs are still very real to Eleanor aged 30.
Depression and autism are becoming more understood, a book like this is very helpful.
Also, the sessions with the therapist are very interesting in the way that Ekeanor’s Story is gradually revealed, and you can see it is not too upsetting for Eleanor. This would give courage to someone who wants to visit a therapist, and they might be feeling very unsure.
And well done to the Internet!!! I mean that it was not too difficult for Raymond to find relevant newspaper articles about how Eleanor became scarred (In more ways than one) . I do appreciate the gain in knowledge that we have from the Internet, and how this improves our knowledge and understanding. At work, when chatting, we often look up things on Google so that we all know what people are talking about, such as holiday destinations , pop songs from our youth or books and authors , and...., and....., and technical terms, to prevent the ‘it is, it isn’t, ´ arguments. I am digressing, but I did like the way that the author had the characters researching the Internet.
I appreciated all the comments posted here. A great read, with a lot in the book