The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels.
Rainbow Rowell’s newest release, Landline, is a novel that took me very much by surprise. Not because I hadn’t enjoyed the author’s work in the past – quite the opposite, in fact – but because it isn’t ordinarily the sort of book I gravitate toward. For better or worse, I read very little adult fiction, and that I do read typically doesn’t centre upon the intricacies of a relationship in crisis, a topic which ordinarily holds little interest for me. Having enjoyed two of Rowell’s previous novels, however, (Attachments and Fangirl) I had faith that her latest release would not disappoint. Thankfully, I was right. Quirky, unconventional, achingly poignant and thought-provoking, Landline is a story that touched me deeply and has continued to inspire further reflection and feelings months after completion. So, it should come as little surprise that I was eager to create a wallpaper in its honour, although ultimately this proved easier said than done. For weeks I struggled to create something that I felt did justice to this this wonderful work, that captured its spirit and all the love and hope it inspired in me. In the end, I decided to use Landline‘s lovely UK book cover as my inspiration and went with a decidedly ‘retro’ aesthetic as a tribute to Georgie’s fleeting glimpses into her shared past with Neal. I really hope you like it!
Author Rainbow Rowell
Pages 310 Pages
Genre Contemporary, Romance, Magical Realism
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Publisher On July 8th, 2014
Find It On Goodreads
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
What book would you like to see made into a desktop wallpaper next? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!