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In this national bestseller and basis for the smash hit movie starring Paula Patton, Baggage Claim is the story of one woman who decides that she’s done flying solo.

When her baby sister announces she’s getting married in thirty days, sexy but single flight attendant Montana Moore realizes that she’s soon to be the oldest—and only—unwed woman in her family. With the help of fellow flight attendants and a zany network of airline employees, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé.

Acclaimed author and director David E. Talbert welcomes you aboard a hilarious, witty, and charming tale where the final destination is the altar.

About The Author

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David E. Talbert is a five-time NAACP Award-winning playwright, filmmaker, and bestselling author. David made his film directorial debut with Sony Pictures’ First Sunday, which opened as the #1 comedy in America. David’s hit plays and novels include Love on the Dotted Line, What My Husband Doesn’t Know, The Fabric of a Man, and Love in the Nick of Tyme. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lyn, and newborn son, Elias. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 5, 2005)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743253611

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Raves and Reviews

"Deftly written, with some of the best phrases in the business, Baggage Claim will make you feel like you’re spending time with old friends. Bravo to Talbert for this entertaining, well-crafted first novel."

– Quarterly Black Review

"Talbert's flair for storytelling and comedic timing make his debut novel a page-turner."

– Black Issues Book Review

"A hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is tale."

– Upscale

"Enormously entertaining. The novel successfully engages the reader with colorful characters that jump right off the pages with life, humor and a strong sense of identity."


"I cannot give Baggage Claim two thumbs up, I have to give it a resounding high five, low five, and any other fives I can come up with."


"David E. Talbert proves why he's a master at entertainment. Baggage Claim is a spirited tale, rich with hilarity at every turn. . . . An outrageously fun-filled ride."

– Lolita Files, author of Scenes from a Sistah

"Loaded with humor and fun. An endearing and lighthearted read filled with charming characters, engaging dialogue and clever writing."

– Jacquelin Thomas, author of The Ideal Wife

"With his flair for comedy, romance and inspiration, Talbert is sure to carve for himself a formidable niche in fiction. I never would have guessed he knows so much about women!"

– Suzanne de Passe, co-chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment

"Fun, hilarious, and deeply entertaining. In a word . . . delightful!"

– Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of The Reverend’s Wife

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