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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014: In Landline, Rainbow Rowell once again shares her insightful, funny perspective on love and relationships, this time delving into a marriage floundering in the wake of kids, careers, and the daily grind. Georgie and Neal have been married for fifteen years and have two young girls who Neal cares for while Georgie works as a sitcom writer. When Georgie skips the family trip to her in-laws in Omaha for Christmas and the rest of her family goes without her, she realizes that maybe her marriage is going too. When a line to the past (literally) gives Georgie a chance to re-live an earlier pivotal moment in their relationship, she sees it as an opportunity to figure out if she and Neal should have been together in the first place. Landline is a deeply resonant story about being willing to go all in--at the start or after being together for many years--for the kind of love that makes “everything else just scenery.” --Seira Wilson
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)
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)
I just can't bring myself to give this book a full 5 stars for two reasons.
1)A few tiny details bothered me. Read more
Rainbow Rowell is the author of six novels, for both young adults and adults. I've been hearing so much about her lately that I decided it was time to read one of her books myself. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rebecca Mugridge
This book really has mixed reviews, but I liked it. If you, in present time, could go back and talk to you now-husband then-boyfriend, would you? Read morePublished 17 days ago by kphil
I have such an author crush on Rainbow Rowell. I just adore the way she writes and how fully engrossed I become in her stories such that I always shed a tear when the story is... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a fun read which I really enjoyed. Slight spoiler - it made you think about if you had the chance to change something, would you? Read morePublished 17 days ago by Erin S.
OK, Rainbow, you write well, you are good at conversations. The problem is, that's all I can say for this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Austin reader
The book was enjoyable, if a bit predictable. Overall, a nice easy read for a plane ride or a vacation. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lauren Williams
Landline was a surprisingly readable story about the choices we make in the past (and the present) and how they affect our lives. Read morePublished 21 days ago by R. Parker