I love Rainbow Rowell so, so much--more than is probably healthy. I'm sure if I ever met her I'd make a complete fool of myself, she has me that starstruck! She reminds me of Nora Ephron: clever, snarky, and the author of the only romantic comedies I've ever wanted to underline. I read Landline in one very enjoyable day and I almost wanted to take breaks from it, just to make it last longer, but I couldn't! I'll break it down like this (the book pretty much sells itself): 1 frazzled wife/mother/television writer + a phone that dials her past + Rainbow Rowell = a ridiculous amount of fun and a guaranteed good read!— LAUREN'S STAFF PICKS
July 2014 Indie Next List
“Georgie McCool's professional dreams are coming true and she couldn't be happier, except that it means the slow implosion of her marriage is about to speed up. Georgie's husband, Neal, and their kids leave for Christmas while Georgie stays behind to work on her new TV show and she is left alone with memories of when things were better. Those memories almost become reality when she discovers that her mother's landline can connect her with Neal in 1998, before he proposed. Landline is an incredibly emotional, honest, and often hilarious look at a marriage on the brink and the choices that must be made when dreams aren't enough.”
— Paige Mushaw, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
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 he still loves her - but that almost seems besides the point now. Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him 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 - he is always a little upset with her - 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.