Having only read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell I was a little cynical as to how well she would translate from YA fiction to adult fiction but my cynicism has been squashed, smashed and sent packing. While not completely sold on the idea of Landline initially this basic story has been threaded brilliantly with a lot of cult references (from the 80’s onwards) and humour along with characters that you want to be friends with. Now I have finished the book I feel a little bereft of Georgie McCool and her far from perfect life.
We see Georgie struggling with work and home life, and after making one too many decisions to choose work her husband and children fly off to Omaha for Christmas while she stays at home to work on her beloved sitcom with her best friend Seth. Their departure sends Georgie into a mini breakdown and to her old bedroom at her mum’s house where she discovers her old ‘landline’ phone. The strange thing being that this phone seems to have a direct connection with Neal, from the past, in the week before he proposed to her.
The story of Georgie and her husband Neal is certainly a sweet one and Rowell does a brilliant job of not painting a picture of ‘happily ever after’ without showing the work and sacrifice required. It was actually quite nice to have some realism alongside a big dose of time travel.
A great Christmas-centric read for December.