Landing by Emma Donoghue

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A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships—the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet.

Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who’s traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude’s and Síle’s worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit.

This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?


About Emma Donoghue

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Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit
Published September 8, 2008 by Mariner Books. 341 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lesbian romance goes mainstream in this charming tale by Donoghue (Touchy Subjects, 2006, etc.) of a cosmopolitan Irish flight attendant and her down-home Canadian girlfriend struggling to find common ground for their newfound love.

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In her affecting fifth novel, Donoghue (Slammerkin ) explores the idea that true love can conquer all. Jude Turner is a 25-year-old androgynous Luddite who's

Jan 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Landing

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But other differences include age, financial status and style — the half-Indian Sile is a pumps-wearing femme, Jude a motorbike-riding butch — as well as religion.

Jul 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Landing

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She also gives sufficient depth to her supporting characters, such as Síle’s friend, Jael, the married mother who’s actually bisexual.

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