When 23-year-old Emily Crane’s marriage to her high school sweetheart ends in violence, she trades in their blue-collar town of Bakersfield, California, for an all-access pass to see the world as a flight attendant. Hoping her new life will be filled with the adventure and possibility that she gave up by marrying so young, she moves to San Francisco to bunk up with six other new flight attendants. Among them is KC Valentine, a wild party girl who encourages Emily to shed her mousy image and start collecting experiences as exciting as her passport stamps. Emily soon follows KC’s advice a little too well, falling in love with an older, married co-worker named Tien, a father to two young girls. But as Emily and Tien become more deeply entangled, KC grows distraught. Neither her friends nor co-workers know the real reason she became a flight attendant: to find the father who abandoned her as a child.
As Emily and KC fly from Vegas to Boston, San Francisco to London, Chicago to Delhi, each searching for love and acceptance, they’re torn between passion and moral conviction, freedom and belonging. Ultimately, they both must decide what love and family are truly worth.
An assured debut from a former flight attendant, Love Me Anyway deftly captures the complexities of love, friendship, and family, the excitement and loneliness that come from living everywhere and nowhere, and the surprising detours life can take when you set out to discover the world.
Watch the Short Film:
“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.”
“A fascinating snapshot of an industry seldom explored in fiction.” –Publishers Weekly
“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.”
–Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn’t Love You More and Hunger Point
“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