Former flight attendant’s debut novel reaches No.2 on New York Times bestseller list in its first week

PHOENIX, July 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – First-time author and former flight attendant TJ Newman ranked No.2 on this week’s New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction and # 3 for combined print and electronic fiction for his first novel FALL, this was announced last night. Newman, a former Virgin America and Alaska Airlines employee, also saw her critically acclaimed thriller land at # 1 on Apple Books and # 2 on United States The list of today’s best-selling books in its first week on the shelves.

Arizona Newman began to write FALL while still working as a flight attendant, often jotting down drafts for the book on cocktail napkins while working on red eyes. The story of the novel centers on an airline pilot who discovers 30 minutes after the start of a cross-country flight that his family has been kidnapped and that the only way to save them is to crash the plane. . She was rejected by 41 literary agents before being hired by The Story Factory and soon received a seven-figure publishing deal with Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press. In addition, Universal Pictures has opted for the rights on the big screen for FALL for $ 1.5 million.

FALL was named one of the most popular books of the summer by Good Morning America, The View, People Magazine, United States Today, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Town & Country, Newsweek, Goodreads, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, and Apple Books.


You just took a flight to new York.

There are 143 other passengers on board.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way for the family to survive is for the pilot to obey their orders and crash the plane.

Enjoy the flight.


TJ Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of FALL on long distance flights, eyes red as its passengers slept. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. FALL is his first novel.

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