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Dear Edward

by Ann Napolitano

Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories Star Books

LoveReading View on Dear Edward

An exquisitely written and beautifully emotional novel that will remain in my heart and thoughts. Edward survives a plane crash in which every other person, including his parents and brother, die. As the only survivor he becomes the lodestone for the relatives of the other passengers. Ann Napolitano writes with huge compassion as she explores overwhelming grief, and the tragedy is sensitively and skilfully handled. Knowing what is coming, in no way prepares you for the journey. Two time frames travel together, the first immediately leading up to the crash, the second as Edward learns how to survive the aftermath. Scattered within are smaller, intense, briefly short stories that added to, and intertwined with the overall tale. I was allowed to find my own way, to consider and contemplate as I walked alongside Edward. I felt the most profound heartache and joy as I sank into the lives of the passengers, not only incredibly thoughtful, it is also a thought-provoking read. Dear Edward has been chosen as one of our LoveReading Star Books, it is a must-read and truly deserves to be a huge success. 

Liz Robinson

Dear Edward Synopsis

A transcendent coming-of-age story about the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles: there are 192 people aboard. When the plane suddenly crashes, twelve-year-old Edward Adler is the sole survivor.

In the aftermath, Edward struggles to make sense of his grief, sudden fame and find his place in a world without his family. But then Edward and his neighbour Shay make a startling discovery; hidden in his uncle's garage are letters from the relatives of other passengers - all addressed him.

Following the passengers' final hours and Edward's unique coming-of-age, Dear Edward asks one of life's most profound questions:

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Dear Edward Press Reviews

Stunning, life-affirming - Vogue

Dear Edward made me think, nod in recognition, care about its characters, and cry, and you can't ask more of a novel than that -- Emma Donoghue

Wonderful... a beautifully written coming-of-age story -- Nina Stibbe

Gripping... a captivating novel about loss, love and growing up -- Rosamund Lupton

A very moving and emotional read -- Anne Tyler

That rare book that breaks your heart and stitches it back together . . . Don't miss this one -- Jodi Picoult

Outstanding, beautifully written, a compulsive read -- John Boyne

A powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times - New York Times

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ISBN: 9780241985892
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241384077
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Viking Books, an imprint of Penguin
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241985892
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Ann Napolitano
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ann Napolitano

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm's Reach. She is also the Assistant Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College's MFA program, New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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