Georgie and Neal were college sweethearts -- now, they're married with two young daughters and busy careers, and their marriage seems to be on the brink of collapse. When Georgie has to work over Christmas vacation, Neal takes the girls to visit his parents in Nebraska. Georgie, worried that her marriage is falling apart, goes to stay with her mother in her childhood home.
When she pulls out the old landline phone from her teenage bedroom to call him, she finds a connection to the past -- she's talking to the Neal she knew back in college.
Finding this connection to her past, she begins to wonder if they should have ever married at all...
Rainbow Rowell may be best known for her YA novel Eleanor and Park, but her latest novel, Landline will appeal to both teens and adults. As she flashes back and forth between the past and the present, we see both the young adults Georgie and Neal were, and the adults they've turned into.
Rowell's depictions of married life and parenthood are so real and true to life, and readers will find themselves rooting for Georgie and Neal to find their way back to each other.
Readers who enjoy this should check out Rowell's earlier novels The Attachments, Fangirl, and Eleanor and Park, and should also check out the novels of Liane Moriarty, especially What Alice Forgot (and stay tuned for my review of her newest novel - Big Little Lies - later this week)