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Love Me Anyway: A Novel Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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“A debut novel, both funny and sad, from a former flight attendant, about two flight attendants. The chapters that describe the work conditions and requirements of the service end of flying will have readers laughing out loud. The chapters that delve into the painful past experiences of the two young women who took to the skies to find happier futures will draw tears…. Readers will find the book's two heroines well worth knowing.” ―Kirkus
“A fascinating snapshot of an industry seldom explored in fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Think of a toned down Fifty Shades of Grey with steamy love affairs, funny flight anecdotes and a whole lot more adventure and possibility with each new passport stamp…The quick beach read weaves an intricate tale of love, friendship, moral conviction and self-discovery. Buckle up, it's a bumpy but thrilling ride full of scandals and an all access behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry's emotional side. While I hope one day I'll see Megan Hilty play the role of the bubbly blonde KC, there's one thing I know for sure: Love Me Anyway is the perfect accompaniment for the toes-in-the-sand, (low-cal) cocktail-in-hand summer bliss.” ―Fitnessmagazine.com
“Yes, it's as irresistible as a non-stop flight to Paris, but Love Me Anyway is also an unexpectedly haunting look at loneliness, the struggle for love, belonging and independence, and how to keep two feet on the ground even when you're thousands of miles in the sky.” ―Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
“Love Me Anyway knocked me out. While it's true that the last book I read about flight attendants was Coffee, Tea or Me? in the sixth grade, I wasn't prepared for the emotional depth and unsparing candor Tiffany Hawk brings to her poignant debut novel. By creating fully dimensional characters with rich, complex lives, Hawk elevates this coming-of-age tale to an indelible portrait of women striving to better themselves.” ―Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love and After You
“Love Me Anyway is so much more than an inside look at the life of flight attendants. Dark, funny, beautifully written and continually surprising, Hawk follows two lonely women who don a uniform and take to the skies to find independence, and maybe themselves in the process. Not only impossible to put down, this one sticks with you long after you close the final pages.” ―Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love and After You
“Love Me Anyway is a funny, sharp and touching look at a time in our lives when most of us are up in the air -- some more literally than others. It reminded me, in the best way, that no matter how far-flung our searching takes us, we're all looking for the same thing.” ―Lauren Fox, author of Friends Like Us and Still Life with Husband
“Tiffany Hawk's sparkling debut novel is a deeply felt and deeply funny look at a couple of female flight attendants as they search for love and meaning, and try to fit their emotional baggage into the overhead compartment.” ―Mark Haskell Smith, author of Baked
“A finely observed, richly drawn look into the life in and below the not-always-friendly skies. Hawk deftly balances the funny, the painful and the tender, and you will be hard-pressed not to connect with her characters. It feels like your best friend is a flight attendant, and she's letting you in on her darkest secrets. Buckle yourself into the jump seat and you won't put the book down until you land.” ―Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much and You Must Be This Happy to Enter
“This book takes you on an adventure around the world. I felt like I was right there with them as they flew to London, India, Hawaii and beyond. I found the characters to be likeable and I enjoyed seeing how they each overcame their struggles, who they turned to and how their lives changed. I thought the book was very well written and enjoyed it very much. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was the type of book that you hated to put down and couldn't wait to find out what happened next.” ―chicklitcentral.com
“Tiffany Hawk shows that it's how we handle those moments of trouble that define who we are and who we can be… There are moments so heartbreaking and honest that I had to close the book. And there are moments so graphically hysterical that I rolled on the bed with laughter.” ―chicklitplus.com
“Excellent… With grace, authority, and wit, Hawk illuminates both the exhilaration and loneliness of [Emily and KC's] vocation…. Hawk writes about her former profession with love and a wonderful sense of solidarity. Love Me Anyway is one of those rare books that make us look and actually see an entire group of people for the first time. Next time you take a flight, you'll pay extra attention to the safety demonstration, not because you're suddenly more interested in your own life, but because you're suddenly more interested in the life of your flight attendant.” ―TheRumpus.net
About the Author
A former flight attendant, TIFFANY HAWK is a graduate of UCLA and the MFA program at UC Riverside. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, National Geographic Traveler, The Potomac Review, StoryQuarterly, and NPR's "All Things Considered." A few years ago, she did the one thing flight attendants aren't supposed to do and married a pilot. Together with their son, she and her husband now live wherever the Air Force sends them.
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Good writing transports you, and I feel like I’ve “worked” many flights pushing the cart up and down the aisle and dealing with unruly passengers and inflight emergencies. I’ve also “traveled” to many cities and countries and experienced different cultures in Tiffany Hawk’s authentic tale full of compassion and respect for her two main characters. Even her secondary characters come across as real people. I adored the passages about “senior mamas” Val and Sue. They had some of the best lines in the book.
Some of the most moving passages in the novel for me appear in chapter 28 in a letter penned by a male flight attendant. I couldn’t stop reading.
The story is layered with an in-depth look at human relationships. I experienced the full range of emotions throughout the tale.
Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of Seven Wings to Glory
Hawk is herself a former flight attendant for United Airlines. She uses United and its cities and flights to really give the book a sense of realism, missing from more generic books about life-in-the-sky. This was special for me as a reader because I fly a fair amount - though on American Airlines - and those flights, those passengers, those crew members are very familiar to me. I can picture the nasty passenger in First Class, claiming to deserve extra service because, after all, she's a "Premier Exec" and "entitled". Hawk gets that part of flying down to a "T". But it's on-the-ground where most of the emotional action takes place. The lay-overs in strange cities, the magical relationships that pop up between crew members, and everything else that passengers envision the crews engaging in. The love affairs that happen...
Tiffany Hawk's characters are very well drawn. How easy is it for a first-time novelists to draw cardboard figures, without the nuances that come with writing experience? Very easy and usually expected by the reader. Hawk gives her characters "life" and "personality". They don't react in the expected ways. Her two main characters, Emily and KC come across as real FA's you might meet on United Airlines, at least in the late 1990's. Young, good-looking and looking for good jobs and possible mates. But then 9/11 happened. The entire business model of the airlines changed and both our young women were affected in the layoffs that followed.
"Love Me Anyway" is not conventional "chick-lit". It is a well-thought out and well-written novel about people we all know, and in many cases, love. Tiffany Hawk makes us care about her characters. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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