Landline by Rainbow Rowell, review by Shelly Walston
Everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written has been the stuff of my dreams. She writes great relationship novels, full of twists, turns, and ups-and-downs. Her books--Attachments, Eleanor & Park, and Fangirl--are each new and exciting shifts from the norm. Her use of clever email/epistelary style, shifting narrators, and now a stab at magical realism make her a writer worth reading.
Landline, her latest, is no exception.
Georgie and Neal have a troubling marriage, one that is realistically based in the hustle and bustle of Omaha-turned-LA lifestyle. Georgie is a screenwriter on the brink of breaking out of the canned laughter of her show, ready to embark on a newer, truer dramedy she plans to write. She's been given her big break, but the break might also truly break her marriage to Neal. Neal is the down-to-earth father, the Omaha-bred, loving guy, who longs to have the Georgie of old back. And when Georgie picks career over Christmas, it's the straw that breaks the marriage's back.
And that's when the landline comes in. Rowell uses an old rotary phone, tucked under Georgie's teen bedroom bed to link Georgie to her past with Neal. From there, the story takes an unexpected twist, one that will keep readers reading and wondering.