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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

Published September 8th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published May 1st 2007)
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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
May 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-audio
Do yourself a favour. If you see this novel don't pick it up. Don't even bother with the blurb. Trust me. I don't know anyone who would enjoy this.

It reminds me of a clip on the www of a raccoon who has found a piece of candy floss and like the good little raccoon that it is, it goes to wash it in a stream, the way it does with all its food. However as soon as the candy floss touches the water it disintegrates and the mystified raccoon is left scrabbling around in the water wondering what happe
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Landing is a long distance love affair between two women, one a flight attendant from Ireland and the second, a young women living in a fictional town in southwestern Ontario. Landing is a well written book but for me the sections about kissing, hand holding and making love were uncomfortable but needed in the story. For me the best part of this story was the way they met (on an international flight) and the references to various locations in Ontario. ( Coldstream, London, the Pinery, Stratford
Nov 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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
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
This book hit really close to home for me. It wasn't so much the situation - although that was very similar for myself and my wife - but rather the emotions attached to it. The burgeoning feelings through email and telephone calls; the first confession of love; that sudden realisation that you can't spend the rest of your life spending any more time away from the person you love...I always felt that it was really hard to describe how all of that feels to someone who hasn't experienced it. In the ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as the characters go, Rizla was insufferable and the fact that Jude had feelings for him made her less likable to me as well. Síle on the other hand, is a pure delight. She definitely stands out among a cast of somewhat irritating characters and her feelings for Jude make the latter a more endearing character as well, despite the obnoxious people she surrounds herself with.

Characters aside, the writing and the plot are skillful and well-developed. I loved the theme and setting, as well as
Kay Michel
I was so excited to begin reading this book. I put it off for a while because I wanted to focus on it without worrying about school or work. As a lesbian who has been in a long-distance relationship, I expected it to hit home. I was so disappointed. I hated Jude's character. I found myself cringing at how clueless she was. Regardless of her age, she was extremely careless and had more passion for her job than anything else. Why would you move halfway across the globe for someone who doesn't even ...more
A quiet, meandering love story...sometimes refreshingly divergent from the genre-romance formula and allowing us to spend time with delightful supporting characters, other times too slow and rambly.

It really doesn't feel like the other Donoghue novels I've read - certainly a little odd seeing her name on a straightforward love story with few dramatic or historic twists! (Not to mention, the writing style and plot just plain pale in comparison to Room and Slammerkin and Frog Music.) What's reall
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"We've all got a past...but to cling to the spot where it happened is a bit pathetic" p 216

After I got over my fit of pique that this book did not begin to catch my fancy the way her others had claimed me from the start, I eased up. I had been on the verge of abandoning it halfway through when my interest was finally captured by some of the larger issues introduced and I realized there was more to this book than the steamy romantic plot.
ED does have a grand way with words and I liked the quotes
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
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbt
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
Thais Cristina
This is my first Emma Donoghue book, and it's worth 3 stars because I couldn't put it down. But the story had big flaws, like a lack of a serious plot twist, very predictable ending, the writing was quite confusing and the POV changes were quite odd. I liked the maind characters but they lacked depth, and the side characters were mostly very dislikable.
It is a pure romance story and that's what kept my interest.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it allowed to call a novel "adorable"? It is! I so thoroughly love this novel from the beginning to the end. I love the characters, the plot, everything!! Call me a romantic!
And after the second reading I know I'll read it again, soon!!
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was perfect for what it was, a light romantic commentary on long distance relationships. hood, on the other hand, was dissertation-worthy.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love story with great language and deeper look at what makes home important.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite romances. Having lived in Dublin I very much enjoyed reading about places and types of people I knew and loved. :-)
Enjoyed this but felt distant from the characters...definitely not as good as Room
This is exactly the kind of long distance relationship drama that I would give zero shits about if it were a bland straight couple, but because it's queer long distance relationship drama, I'm all over it.
Had to abandon this one after giving it a length of time. Initially it seemed like interesting quirky characters. Turns out I just can't get the thinking and/or dialogue as an outsider.
Joanna Branch
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!
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Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Donoghues „Zarte Landung“ ist gleichzeitig faszinierend und anstrengend. So gegensätzlich wie die beiden Protagonistinnen in diesem Roman waren auch meine Empfindungen beim Lesen.

Einerseits war es für mich irgendwie, naja das ist vielleicht etwas krass ausgedrückt, geradezu ermüdend dem Schreib- und Erzählstil der Autorin über längere Zeit zu folgen, mir ist alles irgendwie ein wenig fremd geblieben, es wollte s
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Helen Corcoran
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, lgbt, 2008
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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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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