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Landing Paperback – Bargain Price, September 8, 2008
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The plot in Emma Donoghue's Landing is just so slow. Very little happens, and so you would expect some good character building, but that wasn't there either. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Parslow
This book was written in a British dialect that was very hard to understand if you're American. I didn't finish reading it because it was a chore to comprehend, and I'm not a dumb... Read morePublished 2 months ago by momof3dogs
I was surprised by how much I ended up liking this book, given how annoying I found one of the main characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Emma Donoghue has matured immeasurably as a writer since writing Landing. I refer you to Room for a full appreciation of her gifts.. Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. M. Barrett
Well, I just didn't find it interesting soon afater beginning it. Never finished it. Usually I love Emma Donoghue and everything she writes. Not this one.Published 16 months ago by katie lyle
A wonderful long distance love story. The characters are developed fully by the author giving a rich reading experience. I couldn't put it down.Published 20 months ago by Karly
Takes place in 2 different countries, Canada and Ireland. Amusing characters, easy read. One is a flight attendant, one is a homebody.Published 20 months ago by Jinxy718
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I have read four previous books by Donoghue, impressed by depth and breadth, intelligence, and quality writing. Read more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Both leading ladies are likable so it is easy to go from one viewpoint to the other.Published 23 months ago by Dianne