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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250021472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250021472
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2013
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You know, this book is sort of a "sleeper". Tiffany Hawk's first novel, "Love Me Anyway", is a well-written book about two young women, from lower middle-class backgrounds, who meet as flight attendants-in-training for United Airlines. KC and Emily are fleeing bad marriages and dull pasts and duller futures and they instinctively know that their horizons will be broadened if they are able to join the airlines. The times are the late 1990's and the economy's still pretty good and the airlines are hiring.

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.
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Seeing as the last book I remember reading about the airline industry was Coffee, Tea or Me in the late 60s, I wasn't sure what I would find in Love Me Anyway. Truthfully, the first few pages had me wondering if I was in for more of the same, when the pilot was making his come-ons, but the book soon evolved into a story of two characters desperately needing to find themselves.

Emily, pronounced Emlee by Tien, another player in the story, is not only dealing with a whole new life as a flight attendant, but also as someone making the decision to start the divorce process. The pain of both situations is clearly felt and you get attached to this vulnerable, yet ultimately strong, character.

KC, a cohort in her newness as a flight attendant, and a major contributor to getting Emily out of her shell, is dealing with tough emotional issues of her own. You feel her pain and you empathize with her ultimate decisions.

The journal pages written by Tien were a highlight of the book for me, making me feel like I was reading something from Khaled Hosseini. Then, when I turned the page and saw the date of September 11, 2001 ... the tears started to flow.

The story will stay with me a long time. It was that good.

Juliet Luiks
5/22/13
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This book blew me away. I have to admit that I was expecting chick lit - but it was anything but. Smart, engaging, beautifully written, Love me Anyway presents female protagonists who are lovable and flawed, who are trying to find themselves, find meaning and find love in an ever changing world. Told within the chaotic airline industry, this book is unputdownable. This is one writer I am going to follow - I cant wait for her next book.
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For KC and Emily, young women in their early twenties, the life of a flight attendant represents many things: adventure, escape, opportunity, an attempt to start fresh and salve the wounds of the past. What neither realizes is that life "up in the air" will be far more complex and present many new problems of life, love and opportunity than either of them could have bargained for.

Tiffany Hawk's debut novel takes the reader and her characters on a journey of several dimensions. As a freshman effort, "Love Me Anyway" is an outstanding work for a first-time novelist. Hawk writes with a sure hand, illuminating her characters' hopes, dreams and manifold flaws without condemning or judging. She has a clear understanding of these two women--and of the universal struggles that we all face to find meaning and companionship.

Her writing takes us "there," and the book has a very lived-in feel thanks to Hawk's own experience as a flight attendant. What she does exceedingly well is present flight attending not as the glamorous, bombshell-centric business it was in the Sixties (although references to more grizzled flight attendants harboring nostalgia for such "good old days" are sprinkled throughout), but as the often-insufferable, working-class, barely above poverty-level job that it is for those at the bottom of the food chain. As with most in the lesser-paying professions--especially those in the service-oriented industries--the flight attendants in this book develop a detached yet necessarily cynical professionalism that rings absolutely true to the voices of their characters. It's a job, often a s***ty one, but it's *their job*, and they take it seriously.
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