Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: July 8, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Women
Rec. Age Level: Adult
More by this author: Eleanor & Park, Attachments, Fangirl
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Television writer Georgie McCool finally gets the big break she's been waiting for since college: a network wants to run the show she's written with her writing partner and best friend, Seth. The problem? She's about to head to Omaha with her husband, Neal, and two young daughters for the holidays, but the unwritten script for the first few episodes has to be in by December 27th. When Georgie announces the deal and explains the time crunch to Neal, he doesn't take the news well. Instead of sticking around California with Georgie, he packs up the girls and heads to Omaha and his mother's house as planned, leaving Georgie behind. Georgie worries that this final choice, to stay behind and work, might be the final straw for Neal.
Though Georgie and Neal have a comfortable life, two perfect daughters, and they still love one another, things have been difficult. Georgie knows that Neal has sacrificed for their life together and she feels that she's always testing him and takes him for granted. Worried and avoiding her silent house, Georgie begins staying with her mother, her husband, and her half-sister. With a dead cell phone and determined to talk to Neal, Georgie digs out her old rotary phone and taps into her mother's landline, only to discover that it's no ordinary phone... the Neal that answers isn't frustrated, world-weary Neal, but the Neal of 1998. Somehow, Georgie's phone call has reached back in time.
Desperate to figure out where things went wrong and whether she can salvage her marriage, Georgie embarks on an emotional journey through her past, leaving her contemplating both the highs and lows of her relationship with Neal... and their future. Is Georgie brave enough to say the things that need to be said? Can love, battered and bruised, ever be enough?
Charming, magical, and thoroughly relatable, Landline is another must-read from author Rainbow Rowell. Technically adult fiction, teen readers will still identify with Georgie's struggles with her relationship and the power of love, particularly during her flashbacks to the tender but tumultuous early days of her relationship with Neal. There is honesty inherent to Rowell's writing, Landline included, that will satisfy fans and surely win her many more.