A Note from Chris Bohjalian on The Flight Attendant
Fans of female-driven psychological suspense, rejoice! Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel, The Flight Attendant—now available in paperback—is a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. The story follows Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant prone to binge drinking, as she wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man—and no idea what happened.
To learn more about this thrilling bestseller and its rather unlikely, and more than a little unreliable narrator, keep reading for a note from the author himself!
It was E. M. Forster who taught us, “Fiction is truer than history because it goes beyond the evidence.” Certainly that’s why I read novels—and why I write novels. I love stories that surprise me and break my heart and remind me of the magic in the human soul.
My goal as a novelist is never to write the same book twice. The Flight Attendant, my twentieth book—out this week in paperback!—is a thriller. In it you’ll meet Cassie Bowden and Elena Orlov, two women who couldn’t be more different: imagine a sort of id and ego, separated at birth, facing off in a world in which it seems likely neither will survive. But it was such a gift to me to spend time with them. They always surprised me and they always went beyond the evidence.
Thanks for reading. That’s the greatest gift you can give a writer.