Landing (Review)

Book cover for "Landing" by Emma Donoghue.Title: Landing

Author: Emma Donoghue

Narrator: Laura Hicks

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 336 (audio length: 11 hours 26 minutes)

Genre: Fiction

Source: Audiobook version purchased from

From the cover:

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?

Another read for the Literary Others event, Landing is the first of Donoghue’s books that I’ve read after listening to Room last year.

It’s entirely different in content, form, and theme, so don’t be scared away because of the dark undertone of Donoghue’s most famous book. Don’t overlook Landing either, though, as fluff. There’s something touching about the book, particularly as it reflects the reality of so many people who are in long-distance relationships today.

I loved the individual personalities of the characters, as well as the ways that they interacted throughout the book. In particular, I liked that they weren’t cliche or what you might expect from a romance story between two women. The ways in which their identities are shaped by their hometowns, their families, and their life experiences are truly the most interesting aspects of the book. Personally, I identified a lot more with Jude, but it didn’t mean that I found Síle (pronounced like “Sheila”, apparently … something that I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t listening to the audiobook) any less appealing.

The narrator does a fantastic job of representing the two main characters – and a few specific other secondary ones, including Jude’s hilarious (ex-)husband – and the various accents that they possess. It really helped me to get a feel for them, as well as to follow the story and remember who was from where at all times.

Definitely give Landing a shot. It’s probably one of my favourite reads so far this year.


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