NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • A “dazzling” novel that “will break your heart and put it back together again” (J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions) about a young boy who must learn to go on after surviving tragedy
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Parade • LibraryReads • “A reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better . . . Don’t miss this one.”—Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.
Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?
Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.
Praise for Dear Edward
“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, New York Times bestselling author of Room
“Weaving past and present into a profoundly beautiful, page-turning story of mystery, loss, and wonder, Dear Edward is a meditation on survival, but more important, it is about carving a life worth living. It is about love and hope and caring for others, and all the transitory moments that bind us together.”—Hannah Tinti, author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and The Good Thief
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Dear Edward is a coming-of-age story and a poignant tale about healing after the most unimaginable loss. When an airliner crashes en route to California, none of the 187 passengers survive except for 12-year-old Edward Adler. Grieving for his entire family and burdened with survivor’s guilt, Edward endures the glaring attention of the media—which has dubbed him “Miracle Boy”—and embarks on a long journey to regain his lost sense of self. As Edward faces down obstacle after obstacle, Ann Napolitano takes us into her young hero’s mind with penetrating compassion. Narrator Cassandra Campbell adds tremendous detail and personality to each character and delivers the book’s dialogue with a spark of realism that makes you feel like a fly on the wall. Edward’s journey is far from easy, but we’re grateful we got to be there for every minute of it.
Strong start. Weak details of supporting living and none surviving characters. Everything lacks.
I have to finish books I buy because I feel it’s a waste of money if I don’t but this book took me over a month to finish because it was so boring. I never got the point of it. No climax, no great ending...nothing