Landline (Paperback)

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Remember landline phones?  Georgie does.  It's what she used as a teenager to call her boyfriend Neal when she still lived in her parents' home.  Now, a couple decades later she's using it again to call Neal...

The catch?  She's calling him in the past.  On the landline, Neal is still a teenager.  He doesn't know that they end up getting married and having two daughters.  He only knows that they are dating. 

The story is funny, cute, and very sweet.  Rowell intermingles moments of silly humor with genuine feeling, making for a winning combination of entertainment and emotion. 

— From Sarah

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


As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.

TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past -- all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up.

And hope he picks up.

Because once Georgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants to do is make things right with her husband, Neal.

Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over ...

Does Georgie want to start over?

From Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes this heart-wrenching - and hilarious - take on fate, time, television and true love.

Landline asks if two people are ever truly on the same path, or whether love just means finding someone who will keep meeting you halfway, no matter where you end up.

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250049544
ISBN-10: 1250049547
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English