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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-f

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Published September 8th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published May 1st 2007)
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Caseythecanadianlesbrarian
I started reading London, ON-based Irish author Emma Donoghue’s 2007 novel Landing at about eleven o’clock at night thinking I would read a chapter or two and then drop off to sleep. At two o’clock in the morning, eyes barely still open but mind racing, I had to force myself to put the book down. It’s not that there’s anything explicitly extraordinary about Landing; in fact, it’s a realist novel that’s quite ordinary and down-to-earth. It’s a book about the kinds of people you know, in situation ...more
Lormac
I wrote this a while ago: So... I pick up this book on CD at the library. First of all, it is by the author of "Room" which I enjoyed. Secondly, the jacket blurb is intriguing: "Sile (pronounced Sheila, BTW) is a sophisticated 39 year old Indian-Irish flight attendant living in Dublin, Ireland; Jude is a 25 year old British-Canadian historian from rural Ireland, Ontario who has never flown before. When their paths cross over the Atlantic, their lives are changed in ways they never expected." OK, ...more
Janet
I stopped reading when it became clear there was going to be a happy (sappy) ending. The two main characters were each boring, annoying, and drama-prone in their own special way, and I couldn't stand either one of them. They had absolutely nothing in common except their reciprocal disdain for the other's lifestyle. They whined their way through 9 months (and 15 nights) of excruciating long-distance relationship, until I was honestly hoping Ms. Donoghue would do them both (and me) a kindness and ...more
Laura
Emma Donoghue writes so well that I can fall right into the book and forget about everything going on around me. Jude gets a call from her aunt telling her that Rachel, Jude's mother, isn't okay and Jude needs to fly over to England to get her. (By the way, the descriptions of Jude's aunt are flawlessly funny. In the hands of another author, it would have been overdone and a cliche.) On the way, Jude meets a flight attendant and things go from there.

The supporting characters were almost all awfu
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Karen
What I liked about this book was that it was a relatively well-written, enjoyable, easy read -- which seems to be a rarity, and which I seem to need more of as I get older. I liked the story, and I particularly liked the themes related to the character's families (I wish these themes had been further explored, though.) My main critique is actually pretty significant -- I didn't believe in either of the main characters -- they just didn't make sense to me or seem consistent in their personalities ...more
Martha
While I enjoyed Landing, I have to give it a rather low rating for a Emma Donoghue book. In comparison with Kissing the Witch, which is one of the very best collections I've read of contemporary reworkings of fairy tales, or Slammerkin, which is a powerful, devastating, grim and completely absorbing historical novel, Landing seems like a dashed-off, unpolished bit of fluff. I suppose that after writing a book like Slammerkin that so thoroughly plumbs the depths of despair, writing a lightweight ...more
Peebee
Always nice to see a lesbian romance written by an author who has reached the mainstream (Room was Donoghue's breakout book) so it's marketed just like any other book, rather than completely to GLBT audiences. My quibble with this book is that I found the characters really annoying, and so it was hard to root for their romance aside from the overall, general, love will prevail kind of expectation you have for this type of book. One was so unadventurous that she would have bored me silly, while t ...more
Kristen Otankis
This was a different kind of story, a love story between two women who meet on a plane. One is a younger traveler, greiving over the loss of her mother, the other, a flight attendant. It is unclear to me in the beginning of the book that one was a lesbian. That was confusing. Anyways, their story is one of long distance love, between Canada and Ireland. It was very interesting, it is sold from alternating viewpoints as they try to figure out their feelings for one another. The story drags a bit ...more
Maude Lemelin
I really enjoyed the first third of the novel. I was amazed by its tone and humour and basically by the excellent writing of Emma Donoghue, whom I had not read before. It was a real pleasure getting to know the characters and being immersed in their romance.
Once the angst kicked in, the story-telling lost some of its finesse to me. Some parts felt repetitious, and I became a bit impatient for the story to move forward one way or the other (hoping for the happily-ever-after, of course!).
Despite t
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Jo-anne
Enjoyed this but felt distant from the characters...definitely not as good as Room
Soubhi
Emma Donoghue writes beautifully. This is only the second book I've read of hers, and it is vastly different from ROOM. I hope as I discover more of her books, each will continue to have its own entirely unique voice.

Landing is the story of a small town Canadian woman and a flight attendant from Dublin who meet by chance and begin corresponding through letters and emails. They fall in love and struggle with the difficulties of a long distance romance.

I was caught up with the first chapter, and
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Jae
The narrative in this book is such a chaotic mess that I was totally frustrated at the beginning, and I was sure then that I wasn't going to give it any more than two stars. But then the two main characters totally grew on me, and I got invested. By about halfway through, I couldn't put it down. It's not a perfect book by any means (and by Emma Donoghue's standards it's quite subpar), but my god, did Jude and Síle get under my skin. Also, bonus points for having a happy ending that's not totally ...more
Kylie
This is my favorite non-genre book of the year. It's a believable love story--so believable I wondered if it is the author's own story. It reminded me of my own love stories. I loved that I did not know how the story would end, until the end. It's a simple story really--a long distance relationship between two women who are each deeply rooted to the their birthplace, friends and family. This is the first book of this author's since Stir Fry that I've really liked, although I haven't read them al ...more
Yvette
I actually adored this book, mainly because I found it a thoughtfully written romance, but also, the quick wit of Sile and the banter between she and her friends didn't hurt. There were times when I was annoyed at the stubbornness of Jude and her desire to view life only through one prism--hers. She was failing to see what life could be and all that it could become because she was, in my estimation, clinging to things that had long worn out. Jude had Gwen, Rizla and the whole lot of her small to ...more
Buchdoktor
Jude Turner aus Ireland/Ontario/Kanada hat einen aufgeregten Anruf von ihrer Tante in England erhalten. Judes Mutter ist in ihrer alten Heimat zu Besuch und Tante Louise ist deutlich überfordert. Jude packt am ersten Tag des Jahres ihre Sachen und macht sich auf den Weg nach England. Die möglichen Katastrophen kann jeder sich ausmalen: Judes Mutter ist schwer krank, dement oder Tante Louise hat den Bezug zur Realität verloren. Jude hat bisher sehr abgeschieden gelebt, sie leitet das kleine Heima ...more
Sheri
I don't really have anything redeeming to say about this novel. I ended up with it because Room has been on my to-read forever and I saw this was by the same author. It is bad enough to make me want to take Room off my list.

The characters were all flat and boring, the plot was essentially non-existent and there was no growth or change. It is, simply put a story of two people who meet on a plane and then have a long distance relationship for a few months and then one of them moves so they can be
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Rebecca
I've loved Emma Donoghue's vivid Slammerkin and Kissing the Witch, and lately she's attracted wide literary acclaim for Room. When I picked up this book, I wondered why her publishers were trying to make it look like chick lit. Now I know: this one is more or less chick lit. A well written but ultimately kind of inconsequential (lesbian) love story.
Julian
Pretty sweet and predictable lesbian long-distance-relationship story. For anyone who liked Stir-Fry, the happy bonus is finding out what Jael's currently up to.
Monica
this was perfect for what it was, a light romantic commentary on long distance relationships. hood, on the other hand, was dissertation-worthy.
Carolin
One of my favorite romances. Having lived in Dublin I very much enjoyed reading about places and types of people I knew and loved. :-)
Helen Corcoran
Emma Donoghue is a writer I happened to stumble across a few years ago when I noticed Life Mask on a shelf. I liked the cover, liked the blurb even more, so I went off and bought it. I loved it: it was a type of historical that I hadn't found for years, based on real historical people that read smoothly and easily.

So I was, nevertheless, very happy to finally get my hands on this, and I immediately started to tear through it. Donoghue is a very good writer; she takes you by a firm grip and hauls
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Elaine Burnes
I liked it a lot even though it was all quite new and different for me--young Canadian woman meets older Indian-Irish flight attendant (in most unusual circumstances) and they develop a long-distance relationship. At moments it seemed like the obstacles were enormous and just when you think they've got it settled, ye old government regulations block seemingly any hope. Then simple emotion enters. While fairly early on I felt I knew how it might end, I had no idea how she'd actually get there. An ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Landing, by Emma Donoghue. A-minus. Narrated by Laura Hicks. Produced by BBC Audio Books America, and downloaded from audible.com.

Sile (pronounced Sheila) is a 39-year-old flight attendant with her home base in Dublin, Ireland. She is very cosmopolitan. Jude is a 25-year-old archivist living in a small town called Ireland, in Ontario. They meet because Jude is going to England to collect her mother who seems to have become ill while visiting her sister there. Sile is the senior flight attendant
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Joan
I borrowed this book from the library because I had heard an interview with the author on the CBC Radio program 'Authors and Company' and thought she had an interesting approach to writing. That she was originally from Ireland and lived in London, Ontario, where I had lived one summer, was another interesting fact. All this said, I did not appreciate that this book was about romance and commitment between life partners from a lesbian perspective. and, as I've noticed before, when reading about ' ...more
Caly
This book is a bit melodramatic at times, but it can be a nice read if you're looking for a lesbian romance set in the modern day. The book circles around Canadian museum curator, Jude; and Irish-Indian flight attendant, Síle.

Jude, someone who doesn't own a mobile, doesn't have a personal e-mail address, and has never flown before, is headed to England to see her mother, who had a unknown "medical emergency" while visiting her sister. She first meets Síle when the passenger beside her dies mid-
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Chaitra
I should have known that Emma Donoghue couldn't pretty up a write-by-numbers romance. As someone who has been staying in a country where she didn't have a single friend or relative other than her husband for five years, who hasn't been back to visit her country in two years, it was all I could do to stop myself from throwing my kindle across the room. It's 17 fucking hours in a non-stop flight from NYC to Bangalore, and I have to go a good 10 hours by road after that to reach my family. I'm sorr ...more
Pam
I picked this book up because the cover reminded me of one of my (application) friends profile pic on facebook. (I like not knowing about a book before I read it - don't like being influenced by popular opinion).
I was happy to find the book a pleasant read (I've grabbed some real stinkers by the cover art - and I CANNOT stop once I start - what if there is total redemption in the ending?).

I enjoyed the main characters, but didn't think a whole bunch of the supporting characters (I guess that's
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Sarah
I can't believe i have to read this stupid friggin boring book again for the lesbian reading group. also, the goodreads search function is stupid. i type in "landing" and get a bunch of totally unrelated shit. stuff like "macbeth" and "prodigal summer" and "the queen of attolia." stuff that not only has nothing to do with each other, but also has nothing to do with "landing." it's like goodreads' search function was programmed by the same people who wrote Booklog. SCRAMBLE BUTTON! (incidentally, ...more
Alice
Ok...still love Emma Donoghue...wasn't sure about this one, though. It's contemporary, and about two ladies who live a continent away, but are trying to carry on a relationship. It was just never really made that clear WHY they liked each other, given the scarcity of things they seemed to have in common. Like, I specifically remember with my best friend, when I first saw her in 8th grade, spinning in a retarded circle on the gym floor, I thought 'I want to be friends with that girl.' But there w ...more
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Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of ...more
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