The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances MaynardElvira Carr believes in rules. She also strongly believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. Not that the twenty-seven-year-old sees many people. After several unfortunate incidents, her overbearing mother keeps her at home.
But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly on her own. To help her navigate a world that is often puzzling, she draws up seven ironclad rules. Armed with these, a notebook full of questions, and guidance from a helpful neighbor, she takes charge of herself ― and realizes that something isnt quite right about the life she thought she knew.
Shell need all the courage, perseverance and curious charm she can muster to unravel the mystery of what happened to her family and to manager her own life, her way.
Review/Rant: The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard
The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard
Elvira Carr is twenty-seven, neuro-atypical, and has never lived alone. But her father - who she suspects was in the secret service - is dead, and when her mother has a stroke and is taken into care, Elvira suddenly finds herself home alone. In order to cope, Elvira - who knows a lot about biscuits and supermarkets, but not much about life - develops Seven Rules for interacting with others. Not even her rules can help her, however, when she's faced with solving a mystery she didn't know existed. Elvira is somewhere on the autism spectrum, she takes people at face value, is frequently baffled by figures of speech, oh and she has a passion for biscuits, from the packaging, to the history and the taste.
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Mother always told her what to do and when to do it and took care of all the planning since Elvira is useless in society. But now that mother has had a stroke Elvira needs to care for both of them. So she creates the seven social rules to live by since people are the hardest thing for Elvira to understand. If Don Tillman The Rosie Project was a young woman with an overwhelming overbearing mother you can begin to picture Elvira. But Elvira is beginning to think her mother may have been lying.
Imagine for a second that you were plonked down in the middle of a foreign country with limited language skills and only a passing familiarity with the culture after a lifetime spent hidden away from the outside world. What would that feel like? How disorienting would it be? Would you sink, swim or hope that someone would come along to help you? Managing it all sent me to bed in the daytime. To cope with all this apple cart-upending change, a major upheaval for someone who craves routines, rules and repetition, and abhors the wild unpredictable shifts of conversation and social interaction generally, Elvira, comes up with her Seven Imperfect Rules, which lay out all the things you can and cannot say to other people, when you should say them and how.