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Landline: A Novel Paperback – July 7, 2015
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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--This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
“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
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We all have to work at our relationships, but there's no denying it is hard not to get into a rut. You get comfortable, you're in your normal routines, and you start to take each other for granted. This was the case for Georgie and Neal. They are supposed to go to Omaha for Christmas and stay with Neal's mom. But Georgie gets a job offer she can't refuse, that means she'll have to stay in LA and work through Christmas. She thinks that they'll just cancel their trip, but what she didn't expect was for Neal to take their two daughters and go without her.
Georgie knows things haven't been happy in their marriage for a long time, but she's never really stopped to think about it. Now that Neal is gone, she's starting to feel the void, how much she misses him, and what her life would be like without him. She can't even bare to go home to her empty house, so she stays at her parents. It's while she's in her childhood bedroom, calling Neal on the landline, that she figures out a way to talk to Neal in the past. And she wonders if this is supposed to be her chance to make things right with him again.
This story is so different and so brilliant. Not only is it about a marriage in trouble, but it's also about falling in love again and remembering all of those things you loved about that person from day one. It's about learning from your mistakes and not taking things for granted. This book was more than just a story - it's a life lesson. Whether in marriages or friendships, they take work and you have to put in what you want to get out. I fell in love with Georgie and Neal's story. My heart was bursting during the moments Georgie was remembering all of their good times and how they fell in love. It was truly an amazing and emotional read, and I can't express just how much I loved it.
Rainbow Rowell's writing is beautiful. I love the humor and the dialogue between characters. I love how her stories just flow seamlessly and how enraptured I am when I pick up her books. I love how I never want to put her books down. I love the emotions that I feel whenever I fall in love with her characters. If you haven't read any of her books, I can't recommend them enough. This is a must read.
The biggest problem was that the premise was just so unbelievable. And I'm not talking about the magic phone. I didn't buy that Georgie and Neal's marriage survived this long when they communicated so little. But beyond that, I just didn't like the characters. Georgie seemed naive and selfish, Neal arrogant and annoying, and don't even get me started on Seth...
The writing was still very good, and the dialogue a saving grace. I would rather have read a story about Heather and her pizza delivery person, which was my favorite scene in the book.
One line that sticks with me: why do people live in Omaha when the winter weather clearly does not want them there? Love that.