Landline

Landline

Book - 2014
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In New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's Landline, Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply -- but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point.Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her -- Neal is always a little upset with Georgie -- but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250064301
1250064309
9781250049377
1250049377
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 25 cm

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“Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace. I finish all of her books wanting ... Read More »


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peggysnorf
Apr 12, 2018

Awful book.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Alright story, but the best part is really the cameo by Cath and Levi at the end.

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nipper
Mar 17, 2018

OK writing.....read it quickly just to see what happens.......TOO MUCH TALKING......"Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply -- but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her -- Neal is always a little upset with Georgie -- but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. If she's ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It's not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Well written, witty and revealing dialog, sweet love story! Suspend your disbelief and find out if this marriage can be saved!

loonylovesgood Nov 07, 2017

Another great Rainbow Rowell story. I love her books! This one was a quick read and is perfect if you're looking for a Christmas romance. Just be prepared for a few loose ends when the story is finished!

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llwboston
Oct 14, 2017

Mostly enjoyable account of the misadventures of Georgie McCool, whose failed attempts to communicate by cellphone with her husband (instead reaching her young daughters for hilarious conversations, or her mother in law for awkward ones) take a strange turn when she discovers the landline phone in her mother's house connects her to her now husband's younger self pre-marriage, when their relationship was at a crisis point. Husband and kids have departed for a holiday visit to his mother, while Georgie has stayed behind to work with her longtime writing partner on a new tv series. Guilt over this action, fear of losing her husband, and doubts about her sanity raised by the landline calls, frame the plot.

The only problem is a major one: the landline calls between Georgie and past-Luke are r-e-a-l-l-y b-o-r-i-n-g, and slow the pacing of the novel considerably. Much more entertaining are the narrative flashbacks of Georgie coming of age as a 1990s college student, and present day goings on at Georgie's mothers house, and the climactic ending a spontaneous journey from Southern California to blizzardy Omaha, without adequate clothing or footwear.
And, while the ending was satisfying resolution to the point of the landline calls, I finished the book feeling doubtful that Georgie had made the best choice-the alternative scenario she ponders seemed to be a lot more satisfying given who she is and wants to be.

ArapahoeTiegan Aug 17, 2017

Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble. But she cannot get ahold of her husband who has taken their kids to Omaha to visit his mother over Christmas while Georgie stays home to work on a career changing project. Instead, she spends the week somehow able to call a younger Neal - the Neal who left her all those years ago over Christmas and didn't call; the Neal who came back and proposed on Christmas day. The more they talk, the more Neal's proposal makes sense - he responded to things older Georgie says to younger Neal. These calls force Georgie to reflect on her relationship and look harshly at how it came to be in trouble. Would she better to convince Neal to leave her younger self - give him a chance at a happy life? Or will she decide to be selfish and say all the right things to get him to show up Christmas morning 20 years ago? Are some things just meant to be? But are there ways to make them better?

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violet_sparrow_16
Jun 23, 2017

Great story! Really made me appreciate an older romance, which is hard to appeal to a younger audience. Fantastic writing from Rowell as always!

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Feb 05, 2017

Every Rainbow Rowell book is great, and this is no exception. Georgie and Neal are a couple drifting apart, and then an old landline phone causes them to reconnect in strange ways. There are many entertaining references to an earlier time when everyone had landlines, like Georgie remembering how calling someone long distance used to be a big deal. All of Rainbow Rowell's books are different from each other, yet all incredibly endearing.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

Very cute, very whimsical and written in the purely clever and easy flowing Rowell style. I sure do like her books.

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