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Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
Liz Dunn is the lonely protagonist in Eleanor Rigby, describing herself as "fat, drab, crabby and friendless." Her job is boring and impersonal and her social life is nonexistent. Into this world where she tries to find tricks to make the minutes pass faster comes a young man in an emergency room of the hospital with her name and number on his Medic Alert bracelet. He claims to ber her long-lost son, someone she gave up for adoption during a teenage pregnancy. Jeremy is everything she's not, charming, extroverted, and vibrant. He also has a terminal disease. Douglas Coupland uses a allusion to the Beatles song to highlight the impersonalization of the modern world. Can Liz and Jeremy use each other to overcome it before fate breaks them apart again? Eleanor Rigby has received mixed reviews with The Guardian saying, "Eleanor Rigby, in which the lost get found and the cosmic gets real, does this too, with a goodness of heart that is actually inspiring."