by Chris Bohjalian

NOOK Book(eBook)


Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now


Originally produced as a one-act play starring Grace Experience and K.K. Glick, Wingspan is the story of a young flight attendant with a fear of flying, who is about to work her first transatlantic trip. When a veteran co-worker tries to help her through the turbulent crossing, she discovers that a fear of flying is the least of the young woman’s secrets. 

A Vintage Shorts Original. An ebook short.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984898975
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 83,481
File size: 2 MB

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 or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads.


Lincoln, Vermont

Date of Birth:

August 12, 1961

Place of Birth:

White Plains, New York


Amherst College

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Wingspan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Wingspan is a one-act play, the first written by NYT best-selling and award-winning American author, Chris Bohjalian. On a flight from JFK to London, veteran flight attendant Karen is joined at the last minute by a novice with just a few years’ experience, ex-barista Emily. It’s immediately apparent that Emily is very nervous about this, her first trans-Atlantic flight. As Karen tries to reassure her, Emily admits her fear of flying. They chat while preparing for take-off, and Karen learns about the life coach who convinced Emily to embark on a career involving the thing she fears most, and why. By the time they are over the Atlantic, Emily has the confidence to face more than just a flight across an ocean, and both have learned something about life.
MKF 10 months ago
This short - really short- story about two flight attendants was originally a one act play and it shows. Well written, with snappy dialogue, it's about fear of flying, which is, of course, a metaphor for so much ore. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Always a treat to read something written by Bohjalian.
Renwarsreads 10 months ago
Originally produced as a one-act play this is the story of a young flight attendant with a fear of flying, who is about to work her first transatlantic trip. When a veteran co-worker tries to help her through the turbulent crossing, she discovers that a fear of flying is the least of the young woman’s secrets. This short story is written like a play and I really enjoyed it. The discussion between the two flight attendants, who just met, at different stages in their lives is interesting and brings different opinions about a sensitive subject. They have this discussion while waiting for takeoff and also during takeoff, while also discussing the young flight attendants fear of flying. Their remarks to one another are funny and even though the topic they are discussing is serious the discussion is light at some points.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Quick and fun short story by Chris Bohjalian! A flight attendant afraid of flying was an interesting premise.
bookluvr35SL 12 months ago
This story was originally produced as a one-act play starring Grace Experience and K.K. Glick, It is the story of Emily, a young flight attendant with a fear of flying. This is to be her first transatlantic trip and she is panicking.. The other flight attend is more of her mother's age and has been flying a lot longer. She gets Emily to open up about her fear of flying and discovers the true secret Emily is hiding' Let me start out by saying, I hate short stories, but I couldn't resist when I say the author. That being said, for a short story/one act play it was very good
apeape 12 months ago
I really enjoyed this one act play, and I'd love to see it performed. We have two flight attendants, one older, one younger, the younger one flying her first transatlantic flight- and she's afraid of flying. The two strike up a conversation, and swap secrets, which leads to a disturbing revelation. I thought the ending fit perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very short story of two flight attendants in frank discussion during a transatlantic flight. It is in script format and was originally done as a one-act play. This really allows for the reader to focus on every piece of dialogue. The main character of the story is Emily, who is newly trained and admits to taking on the career to combat her fear of flying. She is put on this flight to London as a last-second sub and is forced to face her flying over water. Karen has been a steward for a number of years. She is quite witty and is quick to push Emily's buttons. But what comes out in their conversation may be a little more serious and damaging than Emily first lets on. Her 30,000 foot confession is related to issues of consent and abuse. Bohjalian has created a unique snapshot of a woman in a vulnerable situation. It's a short plot arc in just a couple dozen pages, but it's one that is able to come to a realistic and fulfilling resolution.
Ashcclapp More than 1 year ago
This was such a great short story but left me wanting more. I would love to know what happens after the flight as well as the friendship forming between the two flight attendants. I really love how Karen's spunkiness was portrayed so quickly and in completion. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by Chris Bohjalian and maybe learning more about the characters within this story.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Wingspan is an exceptional and entertaining play, featuring a young, fairly new stewardess, Emily, coupled with a more experienced, pushing 40 air hostess, Karen, as they prepare for and take off on a trans-Atlantic flight, the first one over the pond for Emily who is admittedly afraid of flying. Wh might be the least of her problems. A very quick read, this Bohjalian play is a hoot and glows with his extraordinary, professional way with words. I can happily recommend Wingspan to friends and family. I would love to see it performed at our Flickinger Center or the College. I received an electronic copy of this one-act play from Netgalley, Chris Bohjalian, and Doubleday Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.