Not only does Rainbow Rowell know how to write great books, but she knows how to rock a lobster necklace. That’s right people, I wrote lobster necklace.
This is just one a quick peek into her Twitter account… Her social media presence is a combination of pictures of book themed costumes, links to her book events and continuous conversations with her fans. The fact that she writes fantastic books is just a bonus. Her newest book, Landline, is finally in stores now and it’s a wonderful read!
Landline is the story of Georgie McCool, a woman who’s marriage is in trouble. When she gets into a pressure cooker situation at work (she’s a TV writer) and is forced to choose between spending the holidays with her family in Omaha or staying to write 4 episodes for a new show with her writing partner, she chooses to stay and work on the show. Much to her surprise, her husband Neal packs up the kids and leaves their driveway without so much of a glance back in her general direction. As a reader, she’s made, what some would consider, a “bad idea” and what others might call a major career move which will help provide for her family. Whatever side you land on, you’ll experience Georgie’s dismay in droves. She’s feeling a combination of emotions, she’s hurt, confused, sad and lonely. To ease the loneliness, she finds herself ending up at her Mom’s home each night while her family is away.
Her Mom is anything but ordinary, she’s married to a man that is only three years older than Georgie and her little sister (who is 18… I think) Heather, is insightful but fighting her own internal battles. On her first few nights in her Mom’s home, she gets home from the studio, crawls into bed with her Mom’s pyjama set on and tries calling her husband. She’s having many glitches with her iPhone and can’t connect with him. So she uses her old, long cord, dial with finger phone in her childhood bedroom. Imagine her surprise when her husband does finally pick up and she’s talking to her husband from the past. The Neil she’s speaking to doesn’t know that they have two children and that she purposfully chose to skip Christmas with them this year. She’s talking to the man who is just about to propose to her and who’s crazy about her, so why ask questions. Right?
Time travel doesn’t always carry a lot of explanation, but really Georgie doesn’t care. Besides the fact that she thinks she might be going crazy, she’s talking to an earlier version of her husband who once adored her. Despite the fact that in present time her husband has yet to communicate with her through the phone, email, text or carrying pigeon, she continuously dials each night to Omaha and asks his parents to speak to her much younger husband. Georgie figures this might just be the opportunity to fix what she’s partially responsible for damaging, but what if it can’t be fixed? What if it’s already broken?
A smart, fun and lovely read, Landline is Rainbow Rowell at her best. She knows how to strike an emotional cord and you’ll definitely swipe a few tears away. This is one of those books that you’ll start in the morning, say to yourself six times “just one more chapter” and then miraculously you’ll have finished the book! I absolutely loved it and I hope that when you do read it, you share your reaction with me below in the comments. We have lots to discuss.