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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
#1 New York Times bestselling author A New York Times Best Seller Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014 An Indie Next Pick
From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
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 beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside 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 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?
About the Author
RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments.
“An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.”—The Horn Book (winner of The Horn Book Award for fiction) on Eleanor & Park
“Touching and utterly real.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Fangirl
“Rowell’s writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.”—Petra Mayer for NPR Books on Eleanor & Park
“Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale.”—Entertainment Weekly on Fangirl
“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review on Eleanor & Park
“Fangirl is a deliciously warmhearted nerd-power ballad destined for greatness.”—New York Journal of Books on Fangirl
“Absolutely captivating.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Fangirl
“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”—Booklist (starred review) on Eleanor & Park
“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”—Kirkus (starred review) on Eleanor & Park