Landline: A Novel (Hardcover)

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There are few things better than cuddling up with the newest from Rainbow Rowell, and LANDLINE does not disappoint! Georgie's job as a sitcom writer is a huge part of her life, and until now, her husband Neal has been willing to sacrifice a lot to support these dreams. But when the opportunity of a lifetime comes along, at the expense of Christmas with Neal and her children, Georgie takes the job...and Neal takes the kids home to Nebraska anyway. Faced with a monster deadline and the consequences of her choice, Georgie camps out at her (bedazzled velvet track suit-wearing) mom's house and tries to call Neal from her old yellow landline phone. However, the Neal who answers the phone isn't the one she expects: it's Neal in 1998, home for Christmas after he and Georgie--then his girlfriend--had a big fight.

 

What follows, in conversations and flashbacks, is a story of rediscovered love and the power of being reminded why you fell in love in the first place. It's about family and priorities and nostalgia, but it also has plenty of wit. I especially loved the vintage sitcom references and snappy dialogue. LANDLINE isn't high literary fiction, but it isn't trying to be. What makes Rowell's writing so special is the authenticity of her characters' interactions and, of course, her (pop) cultural savvy. A perfect summer, beach, porch, rocking chair, easy chair, airplane, road trip read!

— From Mary-Catherine Recommends

July 2014 Indie Next List


“Georgie McCool's professional dreams are coming true and she couldn't be happier, except that it means the slow implosion of her marriage is about to speed up. Georgie's husband, Neal, and their kids leave for Christmas while Georgie stays behind to work on her new TV show and she is left alone with memories of when things were better. Those memories almost become reality when she discovers that her mother's landline can connect her with Neal in 1998, before he proposed. Landline is an incredibly emotional, honest, and often hilarious look at a marriage on the brink and the choices that must be made when dreams aren't enough.”
— Paige Mushaw, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

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#1 New York Times bestselling author! A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick!

From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply-but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her-Neal is always a little upset with Georgie-but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . .

Is that what she's supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

About the Author


RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her family. She's the author of the Simon Snow Trilogy (Carry On, Wayward Son, Any Way the Wind Blows), Landline, Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments.

Praise For…


“The magic phone becomes Ms. Rowell's way to rewrite ‘It's a Wonderful Life'…what that film accomplished with an angel named Clarence, Ms. Rowell accomplishes with a quaint old means of communication, and for her narrative purposes, it really does the trick.” —The New York Times

“While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell--reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories.” —Library Journal, starred review on Landline

“Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly…the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Fans will love Rowell's return to a story close to their hearts.” —Kirkus Reviews on Landline

“Rowell is, as always, a fluent and enjoyable writer--the pages whip by.” —Publishers Weekly on Landline

“Keen psychological insight, irrepressible humor and a supernatural twist: a woman can call her husband in the past.” —Time Magazine on Landline

"Rowell pulls off this impossible premise with great charm, and her depictions of the couple’s sweet courtship and their later compromise-filled marriage are equally unsentimental and knowing." —Curtis Sittenfeld for The New Yorker

“The dialogue flows naturally; it's zippy, funny, and fresh. The flirtation between young Georgie and Neal is genuinely romantic.” —Boston Globe

“After the blazing successes of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Attachments, it's become clear that Rowell is an absolute master of rendering emotionally authentic and absorbing stories...While the novel soars in its more poignant moments, Rowell injects the proper dose of humor to keep you laughing through your tears.” —RT Book Reviews on Landline

“To skip her work because of its rom-com sheen would be to miss out on the kind of swift, canny honesty of that passage, which is typical of the pleasures of Landline -- it's a book that's a joy from sentence to sentence, and on that intimate level there's absolutely nothing unoriginal or clichéd in the way Rowell thinks. Her work is dense with moments of sharp observation…and humor.” —Chicago Tribune Printers Row

“But a focus on the endings is the wrong one when you're reading a book of Rowell's. What matters most are the middles, which she packs with thoughtful dissections of how we live today, reflections upon the many ways in which we can love and connect as humans, and tacit reassurances of the validity of our feelings regardless of our particular experiences.” —Slate.com on Landline

Landline might not have any teenage protagonists, but it does have all the pleasures of Rowell's YA work -- immediate writing that's warm and energetic” —Time.com

“More gentle, more real than Douglas Coupland, more smooth and also more clever than Helen Fielding. Truly, slowly, sweetly gorgeous.” —The Globe & Mail



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Product Details
ISBN: 9781250049377
ISBN-10: 1250049377
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English