Landline by Rainbow Rowell
(St. Martin’s Press, 2014, 310 pages)
I listened to the audio version of Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Georgie and Neal’s marriage is in trouble when Georgie decides to stay home in California to work for Christmas, while Neal and their two girls travel to his parents’ house in Nebraska. Georgie stays with her parents during this time because her own house reminds her of her crumbling marriage. When Georgie tries to reach Neal on his cell phone in Nebraska, either his mailbox is full, or their oldest daughter answers and says her dad isn’t around. When Georgie’s cell phone battery dies, she finally reaches Neal using the landline. It’s not her husband Neal though; it’s the Neal she was dating 15 years ago. Georgie continues to call the young Neal using the landline.
It gets interesting when she talks to Neal’s deceased father, and Neal talks to Georgie’s sister, who should have been three years old to him at that time (Georgie figures out a way to cover it up). The conversations between Georgie and Neal kept me interested although nothing terribly exciting happened. The narrator of the book did a good job switching between Georgie’s voice, her daughters, sister, and mother. It was sometimes difficult to tell the difference between her male voices, but rarely were two men in one scene. I would recommend this quick, light read.
You can also check out Julia’s review.