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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015603378X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156033787
  • ASIN: B002HJ3GOY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue's fifth novel, Landing, is a story about how far people will step outside their comfort zones to be with the ones they love. Told through the eyes of Sile O'Shaughnessy, a cosmopolitan Irish flight attendant, and Jude Turner, a sheltered museum archivist from Ireland, Ontario, Landing is a touching, if not somewhat repetitive exploration of what we are, and are not, willing to give up for love.

From the moment Jude and Sile first meet aboard a transatlantic flight, the chemistry between them is undeniable. After a rushed coffee at Heathrow, each woman returns to her own life, yet they are unable to shake the butterflies of that initial encounter. What follows is a long-distance exchange of passionate e-mails, letters, phone calls, and visits, most of which leave Sile and Jude feeling both exhilarated and despondent after each goodbye. Surrounding each heroine is a circle of friends and family members whose romantic struggles and successes highlight the pleasure and pain that often come with falling in love.

Landing is a quick read, and it's easy to become absorbed in this engaging long-distance relationship. Donoghue is skilled at brining out the humanity in each woman, so the sacrifices they both must make to keep their relationship alive never seem forced. And while we may grow tired of the constant late night missives and teary-eyed goodbyes, we find ourselves rooting for this couple, and hoping they will go the distance. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In her affecting fifth novel, Donoghue (Slammerkin) explores the idea that true love can conquer all. Jude Turner is a 25-year-old androgynous Luddite who's rooted to her small Canadian town of Ireland. She's also uneasy about flying, but forces herself to board a plane when she hears that her mother, visiting family in the U.K., may be ill. On the plane she meets the older, feminine, worldly Síle O'Shaughnessy, a flight attendant who lives in the other Ireland. After exchanging contact info, the duo part and find themselves thinking of one another and writing to each other as they lead their respective lives: Jude as the curator of a tiny museum who has the occasional dalliance with her former love, Rizla; Síle in bustling Dublin, entrenched in a complacent relationship with her longtime partner, Kathleen. Jude and Síle fall in love over the course of their correspondence and try to make their relationship work despite the distance between them, nay-saying friends, jealous exes and their own nagging doubts. That Jude and Síle are so vividly opposite is the slightest bit precious, but Donoghue mitigates the boilerplate aspects of this love story with an abiding compassion for her characters. There's a lot to like here, but nothing to really love. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction whose novels include the bestselling "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter," "Landing," "Life Mask," "Hood," and "Stirfry." Her story collections are "The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits," "Kissing the Witch," and "Touchy Subjects." She also writes literary history, and plays for stage and radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two small children.

Customer Reviews

And when a book can do that, there is little more I can say.
A well thought out book and the only pure romance novel Ive read since I was thirteen.
Emma Donoghue is one of my favorite writers, and she weaves this story beautifully.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cipriano on September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading my sixth book by Emma Donoghue.
I was just about to say sixth "novel" but three of the others were short story collections. Emma is a terrific short-storyist, and yet I think she is even a greater novelist. She's written five. So let's talk about this one, her latest, called Landing.
First off, I freakin' LOVED IT.
Landing is about two women that fall for each other while having coffee and eating raisin crumpets at London's Heathrow airport. They met because an old guy died on the first woman. And when I say "on" I mean "on". But yet, not what you think!
Her name is Jude Turner. She was on a flight to London to retrieve her ill mother. Jude is from a small town, [fictitious] Ireland, Ontario, and this is her first time in a plane. The old man seated next to her quietly croaks, and leans into her. At first Jude thinks he is merely sleeping. Alerting the stewardess to the situation, they together conclude that he is totally dead.
Upon landing at Heathrow, they meet again at the baggage carousel and end up in the restaurant, talking. Not her and the dead guy. Her and this hot stewardess.
Sile [pronounced Sheila] is her name. Sile O'Shaunessy. She lives in Dublin, and she is Irish / Indian. Voluptuous. Ravishing, even. Sile is hip, addicted to technology, and leads a vibrant, socially exuberant, urban lifestyle.
Jude is in very worn jeans, and is somewhat androgynous. She cuts her own hair. Badly. She rides a Triumph motorcylce when she is not driving her old rusty Ford Mustang. She eschews technology and leads an extremely quiet life as a museum curator, back in Ontario.
Although Sile and Jude go their separate ways after their initial encounter, they cannot seem to forget about each other.
And so, they re-connect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Finbar Fellowes on September 10, 2007
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Having read Donoghue's other work did not really prepare me for how much I would like this contemporary novel.
Donoghue is one of a very few novelists who writes about lesbians and their lives in an intelligent and literate way. This book is light, and smart and very well written.
It perfectly creates the longing and uncertainty involved in starting a new relationship when everything is up for grabs.
Donoghue can do it all.
Reading Landing makes me look forward to whatever else comes next
I loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Peifer on August 20, 2007
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As much as I thoroughly enjoyed Emma Donoghue's historical novels Slammerkin and Life Mask, I'll confess to a longing for her to turn her extraordinary novelist's eye to a contemporary topic. Landing fulfills that wish and a great deal more. This is a story that could only take place in the time of easy international travel, email, and long-distance telephone. And yet, the long-distance relationship that Donoghue explores is all the more painful because of these aids to long-distance communication. It seems as if they are always in touch, but touch, physical, sensual, tactile, is just what is missing despite the connections offered by phone and email. Sile and Jude are wonderful characters, vibrant, funny, touching, and imperfect in complementary ways. Their effort to connect, to make hard choices, to love one another despite the distance (Jude is in Ontario, Canada, Sile in Dublin and the Atlantic Ocean is far more than a pond), despite their very different ways of seeing and being in the world, is the stuff of a great story, and Donoghue is a great storyteller. I recommend Landing highly. It is a splendid novel that will make you think about your own life and your own choices in a completely new way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on July 23, 2007
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I was immediately hooked into this story about an "against-all-odds" love relationship. At the center of the story are two heroines, each likeable in her own way, who exemplify the saying that "opposites attract."
Jude Turner is a young museum curator who has always lived a simple life in a village (population: 600) in Canada. She has no desire for a cell phone, credit card, or even an alarm clock. She doesn't use e-mail and is fearful of air travel.
When Jude must fly to London, she encounters the cosmopolitan Sile O'Shaughnessy, an attractive flight attendant who resides in Dublin. Sile's constant companion is her "gizmo" that she uses to check her stocks and text-message her friends.
As their attraction for each other grows, they face the obstacles of their different lifestyles, doubting friends, and the thousands of miles that separate them.
This story is, by turns, funny, sad, sensual, and joyous, as Jude and Sile attempt to find common ground in more ways than one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Lowe on April 23, 2008
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Life is about to change for Jude Turner in Emma Donoghue's novel, Landing. The 25 year old archivist/curator of a one-room schoolhouse museum in her very small town of Ireland, Ontario, Canada, is "celebrating" New Years Eve by flying to the United Kingdom to see her mother, who has been visiting her sister, Jude's aunt. This mysterious request from Jude's aunt heralds illness and loss for Jude. Thus for the first time Jude, the self-proclaimed Luddite, is on a plane. It will be one of many firsts as an unusual incident during the flight prompts her meeting Síle O'Shaughnessy, a meeting that will have long term effects on both women. Síle is a 39-year-old flight attendant of Indo-Celtic heritage with nearly 20 years of experience in her career. A resident of Dublin, Ireland, Síle is a cosmopolitan, high-tech, and high energy lesbian whose fast-paced vagabond life suits her. She was born, after all, at 40,000 feet. For more of this review, please check my website. Thanks! MJ
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