Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (review and giveaway)

Word Lily review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Dutton, April 14, 2011), 336 pages

Lincoln, thought by some to be a perpetual student, finally quit school (after several degrees) and moved back home. Now, he’s working at the newspaper, overseeing internet security and fixing printers when they need it. It’s not a great job; Lincoln’s working second shift, in a windowless office all alone. He can’t meet people, because he works when they’re awake. And he really doesn’t like snooping through private emails, but that’s what he’s paid to do.

Much of the book consists of email exchanges between two women, friends. Lincoln can’t bring himself to send them a warning, and he kind of feels like he’s become friends with them — even while feeling like a creep for reading their email.

In some ways, this is a coming of age novel. Although Lincoln’s not a teenager, when the book opens he doesn’t have a clear picture of who he is, and he’s lacking direction and motivation.

The Y2K scare and preparation aspect of the book (it’s set in 1999) is fun. I love the Omaha, Nebraska setting. I also loved being back in a newspaper office, talking about inky fingers, second shift, and copy-editing.

Overall, I found this book charming, and not entirely shallow. The book touches on themes of self-concept, esteem, ethics, fertility, and marriage.

Rating: 4 stars

About the author
Rainbow Rowell (Facebook @rainbowrowell), is a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald. She lives in Omaha with her family. She has a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Thanks to the publisher, one of you can win a copy of Attachments! (U.S. or Canada only.) To enter, leave a comment on this post. (One entry per person.) I’ll accept entries through Monday, May 2, 2011.

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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24 responses to “Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (review and giveaway)

  1. This sounds so good! Thx for the giveaway!

  2. Is it a bit of the flavor of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? That one took me by (very pleasant) surprise.

    Either way, I’m in – I’d love to try the book, based on your review!

    • Hm, it didn’t bring Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to my mind, but it *is* partially epistolary (which I love!). Feel-wise, Attachments is very different from the WWII novel, but they’re charming in a similar way, I think.

      Enjoy it!

  3. I would love to win this book!

  4. I’ve really been looking forward to this one. It does sound charming and I love epistolary novels. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. This sounds like a fun book! No need to enter me.

  6. would enjoy reading this story…thanks for the chance 🙂

  7. Great review! This book sounds so charming. Thank you for your thoughts on Attachments and for being on the tour!

  8. it does sound kinda creepy/funny!

  9. Sounds like it could be fun, so go ahead and throw my hat in the ring 🙂
    stacybooks at yahoo

  10. This book sounds very unique with interesting characters!
    Many thanks, Cindi

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  12. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. This sounds like an interesting story.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  14. Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  15. I’d love to win this. Thanks!

  16. Sounds like a great book, would love to win!!!

  17. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I’ve seen this book on several blogs now, and it looks interesting to me!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  19. This makes me think of ‘Holly’s Inbox’, which I enjoyed. I’d like to give this story a try.

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