Dear Edward

Dear Edward

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"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." -- from book jacket
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984854780
198485478X
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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“A dear, dear wondrous novel. Edward is The Miracle Boy, the only survivor of a plane crash. As he struggles to navigate the landscape of his new life, we hear the voices of those who didn't make it. Napolitano is an amazing writer who deserves a wider audience. For fans of Did You Ever Have a Fa... Read More »

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 is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afg... Read More »


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Lauramoe3
Jan 12, 2021

Really good book. Well developed characters, well researched about flight, and interesting narrative structure. It packs an emotional wallop not only for Edward, but for the characters who ultimately perished. If you have a fear of flying, you may want to pass. Definitely not a book to read in-flight.

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AnnSkye
Jan 10, 2021

I loved this book. It tugged at my heart.

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KatG1983
Jan 08, 2021

Edward is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash. The book alternates between Edward in present times, trying to overcome the trauma he has endured; and the perspectives of different individuals on the fated plane. This is definitely an emotionally difficult book to read, it's hard to imagine how anyone could climb out of the pit of grief and trauma Edward faces. The author is great at writing from the many perspectives of the different characters, and it was easy to sink into the narrative of this book.

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KodaScrappySilas
Dec 23, 2020

This book was so good. Heartbreaking yet so heartwarming. I wasn't able to hardly put it down.

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Alpha_zzz
Dec 10, 2020

For a novel that is supposed to be dealing with grief, tragedy and pushing forward, you would suppose it would push your emotional-buttons. It didn’t. It fell very flat in that respect. I couldn’t tie into the personal lives of any of the characters and found an odd distance. Just not a book I’d recommend.

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ginwin29
Nov 09, 2020

A heart-breaking story of a 12-year-old boy, Edward, who is the lone survivor of plane crash. The narrative shifts between the present, detailing Edward's grief and recovery; and the final hours onboard the doomed flight. Along the way, we get to know Edward's family, other passengers as well as crew members who died in the crash. The tragedy of the novel is lightened by humour as Edward stumbles through his recovery with the help of his aunt and uncle. By the end, you'll be rooting for Edward as he grows up and strives to find a purpose for his life.

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tammygfarmgirl
Nov 08, 2020

The story of a twelve year old boy who is the sole survivor of a terrible plane crash. It did fall a little flat for me in style, but was very touching in documenting his journey.

Spoiler alert at the end of my review. This was an easy read. I grew to really like Edward. It was interesting to watch the individuals in the story evolve and how all the relationships developed. I liked the way this author wrote. I actually read the acknowledgments, something I don't usually do. She mentions a magazine that I looked into, One Story and I've subscribed to it. I dabble in a little writing myself and thought it was a good resource. I really liked Shay and Edwards relationship. Spoiler....I was left with one question though, this is the spoiler - when Shay kisses Edward in the end, what kind of a kiss is it?

ArapahoeJulia Oct 16, 2020

This was on my "must read" list this year, and I must say I definitely enjoyed it. The main character, Edward, survives a plane crash and now must grapple with being the only survivor.

Dear Edward was a rather stressful read for me, however it also ended up being a very thought-provoking and engaging story. It provided a great glimpse into grief, mental health, and what happens when the life you envisioned isn't the life you find yourself living.

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Richer11
Oct 06, 2020

Incredible story! Remarkable writing!
I didn't want it to end.
Dear Edward would make a terrific movie! Thank you Ann Napolitano.

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Aug 23, 2020

“The air between us is not empty space.” - p. 335

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cknightkc
Aug 23, 2020

“Humans need community, for our emotional health. We need connection, a sense of belonging. We are not built to thrive in isolation.” - p.220

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