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From the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones. 

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble—that it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply, but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. 

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a television writer, and something’s come up on her show … she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. 

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not exactly time travel, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. 

Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Keen psychological insight, irrepressible humor, and a supernatural twist.”


  • “The magic phone becomes Ms. Rowell’s way to rewrite It’s a Wonderful Life…what that film accomplished with an angel named Clarence, Ms. Rowell accomplishes with a quaint old means of communication, and for her narrative purposes, it really does the trick.”

    New York Times

  • “Rowell extracts the most sentient aspects of a fully adult love story, aligning with cinema and TV more than books, and it’s more than okay—think more the best moments of Cheers or Roseanne or even M.A.S.H. Think the best of blue-collar love, the sweaty, rough, hard parts of love all spun together. And it’s more believable than any of those, and it feels more real maybe than real life. Rowell is best when talking about what’s difficult, and very little here is easy, though all handled with a deft language so subtle it is barely noticeable. More gentle, more real than Douglas Coupland, more smooth and also more clever than Helen Fielding. Truly, slowly, sweetly gorgeous.”

    Globe & Mail

  • “Readers of any age can enjoy Landline’s perceptive, funny, and touching take on complicated relationships.”

    Irish Times

  • “The writing is sharp and concise, and there’s very little pretense.”


  • “Rainbow Rowell once again shares her insightful, funny perspective on love and relationships, this time delving into a marriage floundering in the wake of kids, careers, and the daily grind…A deeply resonant story about being willing to go all in—at the start or after being together for many years—for the kind of love that makes ‘everything else just scenery.’”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell—reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories.”

    Library Journal, (starred review)

  • “[Narrator Rebecca] Lowman captures the sweetness and vulnerability of [Georgie and Neal’s] college courtship; there are intimate moments, spoken slowly and seductively, that are lovely and voyeuristic, including the couple’s first kiss…Fans will enjoy this fresh take on the time warp.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In a low, confidential voice, narrator Rebecca Lowman introduces us to Georgie McCool…Lowman’s tone is perfect for the intimate, late-night phone conversations between Georgie and Neal. Rowell’s writing deftly avoids cliché, and the book’s action builds cleverly. Listeners might find themselves a bit breathless for the final two hours as Lowman skillfully sweeps us along to the satisfying, romantic, hopeful conclusion.”


  • “Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly…the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Fans will love Rowell’s return to a story close to their hearts.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, July 2014
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
  • A July 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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