The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

by Chris Bohjalian

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ISBN-13: 9780385542418
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 11,256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Chris's work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). Chris lives in Vermont and can be found at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads.

Hometown:

Lincoln, Vermont

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1961

Place of Birth:

White Plains, New York

Education:

Amherst College

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Reading Group Guide

In his twentieth book, Chris Bohjalian takes riveting storytelling to a new cruising altitude. A mesmerizing tale of denial and revelation, The Flight Attendant opens in an opulent hotel suite in Dubai, where Cassandra Bowden awakens to find herself in bed with a dead man. He had been a passenger on her flight the day before. He was handsome, and a flirt. And when he asked her to rendezvous for a romantic dinner after they landed, she couldn’t say no . . . just as she can’t ever say no to the seductive pleasures of alcohol. This time, her binge-drinking has ended in bloody crime scene. But Cassie has no memory of any intruders. Could she have murdered her mysterious date? If not, who did?

Set in a world of high-stakes intrigue and glamorous jet-setters, The Flight Attendant is at once a literary thriller and a powerful meditation on the devastating consequences of addiction. This is a novel that is sure to stir lively conversations. We hope this guide will enrich your discussion. The questions contain a few spoilers, so you might want to hold off reviewing the guide until everyone in the group has finished the book.

Guide written by Amy Clements

1. What traits do Cassie and Elena (“Miranda”) have in common, and what are their fundamental differences? Though they were raised worlds apart, how did their parents teach them to conceal their true selves? To what extent do both women manage to deceive themselves as well?

2. How did your opinion of Alex Sokolov shift as his life story unfolded? At first, what did you think was the motive behind his murder?

3. How is Cassie’s dependence on alcohol linked to her dependence on lying? What is at the root of her cycle of intoxicated euphoria followed by self-loathing?

4. What accounts for the very different paths Cassie and her younger sister, Rosemary, take in life? How does their relationship compare to the one between you and your siblings?

5. What does The Flight Attendant say about the distinction between bad decisions and destiny? To what degree are Cassie and Elena in control of their misdirected choices?

6. Discuss the men in Cassie’s life. What keeps her from experiencing real intimacy? What’s different about Enrico?

7. In this novel, what did you learn about the cyber world and the real world after the fall of the Soviet Union? Does technology give you hope or make you worry?

8. When Cassie compulsively pilfers items while traveling and then wraps them up as gifts, is she simply trying to live on a limited budget, or does it say something deeper about her relationship to possessions and the images she wanted her loved ones to have of her?

9. As the flight attendants in the novel work a variety of international routes, what do their experiences prove about the common threads that exist in all of humanity, no matter where we are?

10. What does it take for Cassie to own up to her missteps? Before she met Alex, had she ever harmed anyone but herself?

11. As you read the FBI reports, what did you discover about information and power? Would you have followed the advice of attorney Ani Mouradian, telling the truth to the FBI?

12. Are the novel’s characters either cold-blooded or compassionate, or are they some combination of each? Were you good at predicting which characters were the bad guys?

13. Even though she has logged thousands of miles in her career, Cassie still marvels at the miracle of flight when she sees a plane passing overhead. How did the novel enhance your appreciation for air travel and flight crews? What elements of the job surprised you the most? If you were in Cassie’s line of work, which routes would you bid on most often?

14. In the novel and in your own experience, what does it ultimately take to become the person you always wanted to be?

15. What are the hallmarks of this author’s storytelling? How was your experience of The Flight Attendant enhanced by the Bohjalian novels you’ve previously read?

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The Flight Attendant: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written, mysterious, and downright shocking! As soon as I thought I had it figured out- another twist! It is a fast read, but not simple. A thriller, but also sensitive and relatable. I give this book 100/100.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this author and am very pleased with this book, his latest. Different from most of his characters, Cassie brought me tears, laughter, and a glimpse into a strong, but struggling young woman. I look forward to his next novel. Chris Bohjalian, keep writing....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bohjalian never disappoints. Solid read from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. First part of the story was edge of your seat exciting. Middle of book became a bit tedious. Picked up a bit at the end. Still a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Bohjalian has done it again with another great book. Gripping to the point that I could not put it down. Great detail that leaves the reader knowing the story but wanting more. This is a "must-read" for those who like thrillers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story dragged; very repetitious scenes with little advancements of the storyline. Surprise ending though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would make a perfect film for Jennifer Lawrence; she is great at complex imperfect heroines and will bring the role to life
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved it...can't put it down til I finish,,great book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weird ending, unsympathetic narrator. Without all the details of various cocktails, the novel would have been much shorter. I also wanted some suspense. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
Imagine waking up in a bed that's full of blood - and a murder victim. That's what happens to flight attendant Cassandra Bowden. She's almost sure she didn't commit the murder - and couldn't be capable of it. Then again, she's a black-out drunk so it's hard to convince herself 100%. I've seen reviews that say this isn't Bohjalian's best work - if that's the case, I very much look forward to reading more from him - I read The Sleepwalker and now this one, and very much enjoyed both. Good pacing, interesting characters, surprises - an excellent read overall. Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Cassie was out of control. Her behavior was quite predictable and as I read, I had a feeling that she was bound to hit rock bottom sometime soon. What she didn’t expect was passenger 2C. Sure, Cassie flirted with the passengers in her sections as she assisted them and there were some that she gave more attention to but she didn’t expect passenger 2C to totally change her life. Cassie liked her alcohol and she liked her men. As a flight attendant who flew all around the world, she saw a variety of men, most of them she saw only once. Cassie also had a habit of drinking until she passed out. After a night out and she found herself coherent, sometimes she knew where she was and sometimes she didn’t. This was the same perception Cassie had towards the men she woke up with: sometimes she remembered them and occasionally, they were strangers. This morning, Cassie woke up to passenger 2c laying beside her. She had remembered some of the night before but yet this morning, something felt different. As Cassie eyed Alex lying beside her, she began to panic. Alex was dead, his blood had managed to seep onto her side of the bed and she had been lying in. Still shaky from last night, Cassie tries to take in the room around her. Cassie knows that she needs to get back to her own hotel as the airport shuttle is scheduled to pick up the crew shortly yet her mind is still trying to piece together what happened last night with Alex. Is it possible that somehow, she killed Alex? Shuttle…....Alex…... she must hurry, there is not much time to contemplate. Quickly piecing together what she can, Cassie realizes what she must do and what I think, I would have done and that is, to disappear from the scene. She needs to eliminate herself completely from this room and quick. But, is this even possible in a world where technology is everywhere? Can she possibly clean up the room and be totally removed in time? This was an exciting and intriguing novel as I raced through it. Cassie risky behavior set the stage for a girl who was on the edge and one whose mind was racing. As the murder makes the news, there is no stopping what happens as they investigate every possible lead. Cassie’s behavior begins to get more wild and crazy as she tries to “help” but Cassie’s helping has me shaking my head at her in frustration. It’s definitely a novel that kept my attention and was a fast read. I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Doubleday Books in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. First time reading this author’s book. I will definitely read more. The Flight Attendant kept me guessing to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping, absorbing and with twists that I never saw coming. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. This is the first book I have read by this author. Now I am going to read other books he has authored.
JustJan3 More than 1 year ago
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian I am a “huge” Chris Bohjalian fan and The Flight Attendant did not disappoint in any way. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a flight attendant and meet so many different people? What happens when one flight attendant gets too involved with one passenger? What happens when this passenger is much more than he seems? What happens when the flight attendant has a drinking problem and is always looking for an “adventure” with a passenger? Pick up a copy of The Flight Attendant and follow Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant with a definite drinking problem, who “wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.” Join Cassandra on her journey to prove her innocence. Discover who this dead man was and why he was killed. Eventually, you will find out who killed him. How good of a detective are you? Can you figure it out before Chris Bohjalian lets you in on the truth? Good luck. 03.26.18
BuckeyeGirlReads More than 1 year ago
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, by Chris Bohjalian, delivers twists and suspense at 35,000 feet. I love a book with an unreliable narrator and Cassie Bowden fits the bill. The central character of the novel, Cassie is a binge drinking flight attendant. She routinely suffers from blackouts while drinking and lies. A lot. While working a flight from New York to Dubai, Cassie meets Alex Sokolov and the two enjoy a little flirtation during the flight. Once in Dubai, Cassie arranges to meet Alex for dinner and drinks. A lot of drinks. The next morning, Cassie wakes up in Alex’s bed next to his dead body with no memory of the night before. During the course of the investigation into Alex’s death, Cassie isn’t always truthful and seems to make the worst decision she can make in the moment. The novel follows Cassie to Dubai, Paris, New York, and Rome as she struggles to piece together what happened to Alex that night and what role she may have played in his death. Along the way, her lies catch up with her and she begins to doubt her own sanity. Cassie is a flawed character, even a deeply flawed character, often compelled to make decisions that she knows are wrong. What makes her character likable is that, in spite of her mistakes, Cassie is a good person and tries to do the right thing, even if she does it in the wrong way. THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT is a fast paced, suspenseful read with an ending that I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed Bohjalian’s writing style and I will be looking for his other titles. This book was great fun to read and I highly recommend it. Pick up a copy (out on March 13, 2018) and read this book. You don’t need to be on a plane to enjoy it, but it would be a great choice for a long (or short) trip. Thank you to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
TudorRose More than 1 year ago
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, by Chris Bohjalian, delivers twists and suspense at 35,000 feet. I love a book with an unreliable narrator and Cassie Bowden fits the bill. The central character of the novel, Cassie is a binge drinking flight attendant. She routinely suffers from blackouts while drinking and lies. A lot. While working a flight from New York to Dubai, Cassie meets Alex Sokolov and the two enjoy a little flirtation during the flight. Once in Dubai, Cassie arranges to meet Alex for dinner and drinks. A lot of drinks. The next morning, Cassie wakes up in Alex’s bed next to his dead body with no memory of the night before. During the course of the investigation into Alex’s death, Cassie isn’t always truthful and seems to make the worst decision she can make in the moment. The novel follows Cassie to Dubai, Paris, New York, and Rome as she struggles to piece together what happened to Alex that night and what role she may have played in his death. Along the way, her lies catch up with her and she begins to doubt her own sanity. Cassie is a flawed character, even a deeply flawed character, often compelled to make decisions that she knows are wrong. What makes her character likable is that, in spite of her mistakes, Cassie is a good person and tries to do the right thing, even if she does it in the wrong way. THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT is a fast paced, suspenseful read with an ending that I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed Bohjalian’s writing style and I will be looking for his other titles. This book was great fun to read and I highly recommend it. Pick up a copy (out on March 13, 2018) and read this book. You don’t need to be on a plane to enjoy it, but it would be a great choice for a long (or short) trip. Thank you to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what your worse nightmare would be like? It's a pretty safe bet that Cassie has found hers when she wakes up one morning next to a dead man. He was a passenger on a plane where she was a flight attendant. There was an immediate attraction between the two and quite a bit of flirting occurred. They hooked up after landing and LOTS of drinking took place. For Cassie, it was blackout level drinking. And while she was no newbie to this level of drinking and has a few one night stands under her belt, coming to in the morning to discover someone with their throat slit laying next to her is a new one. Unfortunately, Cassie can only remember snippets of the evening. And so begins our journey with Cassie as she tries to piece together what happened not only to save what little dignity she has left, but possibly her job and eventually her life. When I first saw the title I remember thinking - The Flight Attendant - huh. What kind of story could this possibly turn into? Well, let me tell you. This was a real page turner. Not in a rock 'em, sock 'em roller coaster type of page turner. But an evenly paced and suspenseful type of page turner. The story slowly unfolds as Cassie starts discovering clues and putting things together. For all her faults, I found Cassie to be a likeable character. I really wanted her to redeem herself. There are numerous interesting players in this tale, along with a few pretty good twists at the end. This was an exciting read from one of my favorite authors. Bravo! I received this copy from Doubleday via Netgalley.
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
I love Chris Bohjalian books but I had a hard time getting into this one. It might have nothing to do with the book and everything to do with the main character. Cassandra Bowden is an alcoholic who gets drunk and is reckless with her behavior. She drinks too much blacks out, sleeps around and generally behaves in a reckless way at every turn. When she wake up next to her latest conquest in Dubai she finds that while she was passed out someone had come in and practically severed his head from his body. Not knowing what may have happened or her role in it Cassandra leaves the scene without calling he police and gets on her flight back to the USA. Bohjalian is a master story teller of books that always touch on controversy. This one just didn't hit the mark for me. While Cassandra's drunken black outs and outrageous behavior are definitely not glorified I didn't feel the severity and weight of them on her or the people around her with the exception of this new murder.
ASalt More than 1 year ago
“Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian follows Cassandra Bowden, a thirty-nine year old flight attendant who gets embroiled in more than she bargained for when on a flight to Dubai, she has a drunk one-night stand with one of the passengers, Russian-American Alex Sokolov, a hedge fund manager a decade her junior, and wakes up in his hotel room to find him lying dead beside her—apparently murdered while she was asleep. Terrified that she will be accused of his murder, Cassandra flees the hotel, tries to hide any evidence of her presence in his room, lies to her flight attendant friend Megan about her whereabouts the night before—laying aside her questions about Alex who she saw Cassandra flirting with on the flight—and tries to resume her regular-albeit-single flight attendant life, when news of Alex’s murder spreads to the media and Cassandra’s own grainy photographs at the crime scene are unearthed. As usually is with Bohjalian, nothing is ever as it seems in this story. While not a whodunit (the identity of Sokolov’s murder is revealed early on and much of the tension focuses on Cassandra’s safety as the accidental witness to the crime), there’s a plot twist in the end (well, two actually) that were completely unexpected for me. If you think the only villain in this story is Sokolov’s murderer, think again. That’s my only hint. Overall, I found this story to be engaging and atmospheric. When Bohjalian describes Dubai, the place where the event that dominates the plot takes place, I feel I’m there. Same for Italy, Paris, etc. I found it fascinating to read about the life of a flight attendant, and it’s clear the author did extensive research in the area. There’s also a big chunk of the plot which rings very timely in lieu of the Cold War-type actions and events that have recently become a news staple in the media, threatening to overshadow the current presidency and giving the story a ripped-from-the-headlines type of feel.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Cassie is a flight attendant on a run to Dubai. She hooks up with a stranger from the flight and wakes up next to his dead body! She is clueless….did she do this? Or someone else? See, Cassie is a blackout alcoholic, liar, and thief. But, she has some good qualities. She visits the animal shelter every Sunday. She is also a hard worker and she really tries to be a good aunt to her niece and nephew. So, did she really do this? Cassie is an enigma to me. I was torn with my feelings for her. I could not help but think…she brought this on herself. However, I could not help but feel sorry for her situation, especially when it escalates. And boy, does it escalate. FBI, lawyers, media, she is really in a mess. I was completely caught up in Cassie’s dilemma. I read this in two days. It is a mesmerizing page turner. This is what I call a “smart” read. You cannot skip anything or you miss something important. It is an intricate and complex story……THEN THE ENDING! Did not see that coming! Don’t miss this one! I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
fullsizeoutput_2765MY REVIEW OF “THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT” BY CHRIS BOHJALIAN I was captivated by “The Flight Attendant” By Chris Bohjalian. The genres for this novel are Mystery and Fiction. The author describes his characters as complex and complicated. There is suspense, twists and turns, and drama. After all, Chris Bohjalian is quite adept at describing vivid details and storytelling. Have you ever wondered what the life of a flight attendant might be like? You might think there is adventure, and opportunity for travel. Could you in your wildest dreams imagine danger and murder? Cassandra Bowden has been a flight attendant for years, and has seen and done many things. Cassandra Bowden is also a binge drinker that is subject to blackouts, where she can’t recall often what happens. From NetGalley, here is a significant blurb,” A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man, and no idea what happened.” Is it possible that Cassandra has killed a man, a passenger that she met on her flight? Next thing Cassandra knows is the FBI is involved, the Press is involves, and she if forced to take a really hard look at her shortcomings, and come to grips with her problems. I appreciate that Chris Bohjalian discusses addiction and alcoholism, and the devastating consequences. In would recommend this intense, intriguing mystery for readers that enjoy this genre. I received an Advanced Reading Copy from NetGalley for my honest review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Ending terrible. Long story . Interesting. Ending rushed and so confusing. from a librarian.
Anonymous 4 months ago