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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Boring old Kathleen (the steady girlfriend) isn’t the obstacle, nor is the fact that pushing-40 Síle is 14 years older than Jude.

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“Why was it, Sile wondered, that emigration sounded noble and tragic, immigration grubby and grasping?” This is just one of the many questions that unfold in this entertaining journey into what Jude calls “the intersection of love and geography.” To find reference information about the word...

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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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