Landing, Emma Donoghue
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: General fiction, gay/lesbian fiction
One-sentence summary: Two women, a stewardess and a nervous passenger, meet over the dead body of a fellow passenger on an airplane. Naturally, a long-distance romance develops.
Why did you get this book? It's by Emma Donoghue.
Do you like the cover? Because it is by Emma Donoghue, I scoured abebooks.com at intervals in the months before publication in order to find one of the bound galleys that they distribute to reviewers. So the cover's just plain blue. I'll be curious to see what the real cover looks like.
Did you enjoy the book? I did. It's not my favorite of her books, but I have yet to read anything by her that I did not like very much.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Haha, I've read everything she's written, including some plays that were never actually published - I emailed her for them. (I actually did an interview with her, and I needed to read the plays for that. It's a long story.) As soon as I hear that she has a new book coming out, I'll start scouring abebooks for that.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I think I'll probably buy a copy when the paperback comes out, since bound galleys are ugly, and send this copy to PaperbackSwap or something.
Anything else? This one's a contemporary novel about a long-distance romance, much more in the style of the short stories in Touchy Subjects than anything else she's written. Stylistically, I wouldn't say it has much in common with Hood - it's a little closer to Stir-Fry, but overall it's a bit more... I'm not sure what the word that I want is. Sedate? Settled? You can feel that the author was older and more mature when she wrote this, and it also makes sense knowing that her marriage started as a long-distance relationship. I won't pretend I didn't miss the passionate, tinged-with-psychosis melodrama of the relationship in Hood, but I liked the book.
Scale of 1 to 10: 8
Number of pages: 321
Total pages for the year: 321 + whatever I read before