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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250049377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250049377
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

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


Praise for Landline


“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.” — 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” —


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



Praise for Rainbow Rowell:


“An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.”—The Horn Book (winner of The Horn Book Award for fiction) on Eleanor & Park


“Touching and utterly real.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Fangirl


“Rowell’s writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.”—Petra Mayer for NPR Books on Eleanor & Park

“Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale.”—Entertainment Weekly on Fangirl

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review on Eleanor & Park

“Fangirl is a deliciously warmhearted nerd-power ballad destined for greatness.”—New York Journal of Books on Fangirl


“Absolutely captivating.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Fangirl


“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”—Booklist (starred review) on Eleanor & Park


“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”—Kirkus (starred review) on Eleanor & Park





More About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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I wanted to know what happened till the very end.
It's just too much like a sitcom for me, rather shallow and depending on predictable and somewhat contrived settings and situations.
P. Mann
Other characters were developed well and were relatively interesting.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on June 15, 2014
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I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. I have yet to read a Rainbow Rowell book (Fangirl and Eleanor and Park are on my wishlist), so I was eager to finally read a book by this author. This was a well done book about marriage and family that has a bit of a sci-fi/fantastical element to it. It was a quick and engaging read.

The story mainly deals with a woman, Georgie, who is struggling to balance work and family. When she and her husband split up over the holidays (Georgie stays at home to work, while her husband Neal takes the kids to the their grandparents), Georgie is worried that something bigger is wrong with their marriage. When Georgie can't reach her husband on his cell phone for days, she is convinced that her marriage is falling apart. Then she tries to call Neal from the landline in her mom's house and gets Neal...but it's not the Neal from the present, it's Neal from the past.

This was a heart-warming read about family and marriage and the sacrifices people make to make it all work. There are a lot of trendy issues in here; Neal is a stay at home dad, Georgie works way too much and barely sees the family, and Georgie's sister Heather ends up revealing that she is gay. On top of all of this Georgie spends a ton of time with her co-worker and best friend which adds some tension to the whole thing, since said co-worker obviously has romantic feelings for Georgie. There is good discussion around all of this.

Georgie's ability to call into the past and talk to her not-yet husband in the past gives the reader an interesting look into their relationship. Because of these calls Georgie has a lot of flashbacks into the early stages of her dating/marriage with Neal.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2014
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Georgie McCool loves her work as a TV writer, and she and her partners now have an opportunity to create their own show. But they need four days to get ready for the presentation...and it means not going to Omaha to Neal's mother's house for Christmas.

When her husband Neal packs up himself and the two girls and takes off without her, Georgie is blindsided by his actions, and now must figure out what, if anything, is left of their marriage.

Has Neal had enough? And if so, how can she fix it?

Depressed and staying nights after work at her mother's house, Georgie finds an old yellow landline phone in the closet. And plugs it in to call Neal, since he never answers his cell phone.

When they talk on the landline, everything between them seems right. They are connecting. Is it a magical connection? A magical phone?

Moving between the past and the present, Georgie's narrative totally engaged me, reminding me of how we sometimes wonder if we could change everything about our lives by changing the past, just a little. Like through time travel.

Georgie and Neal felt so real, with the kinds of flaws that real people have. And quirks. Sometimes I had to wonder what Georgie saw in Neal, however, as he mostly seemed to be scowling or frowning. But then who can explain taste, or what appeals to someone? What mattered to the story was how much Georgie seemed to need Neal, and he seemed to need her. When Landline ended, I wasn't ready to be finished with the two of them. A feel-good story that could have taken so many wrong turns. 5 stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on June 19, 2014
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I make no secret of the fact that I fell suddenly and irrevocably in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing when I finally threw in the towel and read FANGIRL. There was no looking back at that point, and I was not in the least surprised to go on to find ELEANOR & PARK to be one of the most beautiful books I've read in years. So I felt supremely confident going into LANDLINE. It's not YA. It features a marriage in trouble. And just possibly time traveling elements. I knew very little, but none of what I knew troubled me. Rowell was writing it and I was in. End of. And I was so happy to have all my faith justified. LANDLINE is solid from beginning to end. Painful, jesting, panic-inducing at times, yes. But absolutely solid all the way through.

Georgie and her husband Neal are at a breaking point of sorts. They love each other. They love their daughters. They've made it work for what feels like a long time now since meeting in college. They've had their ups and downs, but nothing to break the deal. Until Georgie opts to stay in LA and work on her TV pilot deadline rather than go with Neal and the girls back to Omaha for Christmas. He says it's fine. But it very clearly is not fine with Neal. And they both know it. Georgie sees no way out of this corner, as it is the show she and her longtime friend and writing partner have longed to do for, well, ever. But nothing in her is able to focus on her writing with Neal and her small family so far away, possibly too far away every to reach again. Until she finds an old phone in her old room at home. And this phone connects her to the old Neal. The artist in college she met and fell in love with long before she married him. Suddenly they're talking every night. Georgie and old Neal.
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