Suburban housewife Harriet spends her days doing what she’s worst at. Formerly a local radio host, now she grocery shops for her family who has too much to eat, parents a son who refuses to communicate with her, and tries to be a wife to a man who hasn’t embraced her in years. But what starts out as a mundane trip to the supermarket turns her world upside down when a mysterious man falls out of the sky from the landing gear of an airplane onto her car, and survives. He’s starving and he’s freezing cold. What can she do but bring him home to her family?
Landing Gear is a sprawling story about the frenetic quality of contemporary life. It addresses teen drug culture, middle-age ennui, the challenges of globalization, and the changing role of the media, exploring the intersection of modern technology and the modern family… there is an unexpected lightness to the narration, a quality that can be attributed to Pullinger’s sharp and precise prose… A fitting follow-up to its award-winning predecessor, Landing Gear is a beautiful and profound story about finding love, peace, and meaning in a too-busy world. starred review by Angie Abdou, in Quill & Quire.
Published in hardcover and ebook by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House Canada, on 15 April 2014, and Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster NY from 20 May 2014. Available for pre-order via all good booksellers and e-retailers. Published in the UK as an ebook only: available now.