Eleanor Rigby

Douglas Coupland

The acclaimed new novel from Douglas Coupland: the wonderfully warm, funny, life-affirming story of Liz Dunn, a woman who has spent her whole life alone and lonely – until now…

‘My name is Liz Dunn. The Liz Dunns of this world take classes in croissant baking, and would rather chew on soccer balls than deny their children muesli. They own one sex toy, plus one cowboy fantasy that accompanies its use…Look at me: I am a traitor to my name: I’m not cheerful; I’m drab. I’m crabby and friendless. And lonely.’

Liz Dunn is forty-two-years old, and lonely. Her house is like ‘a spinster’s cell block’, and she may or may not snore – there’s never been anybody to tell her. Then one day in 1997, with the comet Hale Bopp burning bright in the blue-black sky, Liz receives an urgent phone call asking her to visit a young man in hospital. All at once, the loneliness that has come to define her is ripped away by this funny, smart, handsome young stranger, Jeremy. Her son.

‘Eleanor Rigby’ is a tale of loneliness and hope that introduces Douglas Coupland’s finest character yet. Illuminated by a wonderfully gentle, searching wisdom, it sees Coupland ascend to a new level of peace and grace in his ever-more-extraordinary career.

Reviews of Eleanor Rigby

    • ‘A high spirited moving study of loneliness and all its opposites.’ Observer Books of the Year.
    • ‘A powerful and moving examination of a life lived negotiating loneliness.’ Independent
    • ‘“Eleanor Rigby” is one of Coupland’s subtlest indictments yet of Yankee-yuppie culture.’ Daily Telegraph
    • ‘Bristles with acerbic observations of modern life.’ Sunday Telegraph
    • ‘Funny, unexpected and fragile, here [Coupland is] the chronicler of our potentials rather than our losses.’ Guardian