Author: Emma Donoghue

Title: Landing

Genre: GLBT; Love Stories

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 336

Geographical Setting: Ontario, Canada; Dublin, Ireland

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Jude Turner is a 25-year-old museum curator from the small town of Ireland, Ontario. She is terrified of flying, but forces herself to face her fears when she goes to visit her sick mother. While on the plane she meets Sîle O’Shaughnessy, a flight attendant who lives in Dublin, Ireland. After a long and intense conversation during their flight, they exchange contact information. Weeks later, the two women find themselves still thinking of each other constantly. They begin writing to each other via email as they simultaneously lead their respective lives. Despite the fact that they are both romantically involved with other partners, Jude and Sîle fall in love over the course of their correspondence. They face various obstacles, and try to make their relationship work despite the distance and the differences in their lifestyles. In her review of the novel, Martha Segal Block from BookList has said: “Despite its lesbian protagonists and twenty-first-century trappings of email, global travel and cell phones, this remains an old-fashioned love story about compromise and growth” (Volume 103, Number 13, Page 61).

Subject Headings: Fear of Flying, Flight Attendants, Interpersonal Attraction, Lesbian Couples, Lesbians, Letter Writing, Long Distance Romance, Luddites, Opposites, Young Women.

Appeal: Character-Driven, Issue-Oriented, Relaxed Pace, Funny, Heartwarming, Bittersweet, Romantic, Upbeat, Engaging, Accessible, Witty, Thoughtful.

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe this Book: Romantic, Upbeat, Engaging

3 Relevant Works and Authors:


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Name: Brigitte Bell

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