Dear Edward

Dear Edward

A Novel

Book - 2020
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #ReadWithJenna 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

"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
Publisher: New York :, Dial Press,, [2020]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781984854780
Branch Call Number: FICTION Napolitano 2020
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 09, 2020

Wow. Just finished Dear Edward. What a great book.

Jul 27, 2020

This book was heart achingly beautiful. This story shows the remarkable grit and resilience our youth develop this day and age as the main character has to learn how to live after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. The characters in this book come to life as the book ping pongs between pre and post crash.

Jun 03, 2020

This coming of age story is about a teen sole survivor of a plane crash that has taken his entire family. It is also about the grief process. It is a moving story of healing both emotionally and physically. Once I started the book, I could not put it down.

Apr 29, 2020

Read this one because it's wonderful in a haunting, traumatic sort of way. It's the type of book that leaves a lasting impression. The tale toggles between past and present, which turned out to be really effective. It was like two tales at once, both equally riveting for different reasons. I began to dread the intimate accounts of the passengers on the flight in the final countdown to the crash. Those affected me deeply. All the what-ifs. In some sections, it was a tough and emotional read. And a novel that compels me to delve into the actual events that were the inspiration behind the work make it especially memorable. 4.5 stars.

ArapahoeSarahH Apr 24, 2020

I really enjoyed this novel, with sections alternating between a minute-by-minute account of the doomed flight and Edward's life after surviving. All the while you knew what was going to happen, but felt like you were building a connection with each passenger as Edward in the present learned to deal with each loss. Heartbreaking, at times frustrating, heartwarming and beautiful.

Apr 16, 2020

4.75 Stars!

Dear Edward was a fascinating book. With wonderful insight and emotion, the author created a fully developed and mesmerizing story by interweaving glimpses of multiple passengers lives with sole-survivor Edward’s. This was Edward’s coming of age story after losing his immediate family, as well as what the effect of his surviving had on himself and others. It was rich in details, profound, and deeply moving. I read a lot of books in a year. Some I tolerate, most I enjoy, and then there are those that I love with a passion and/or stay deeply rooted in my psyche. I predict that Dear Edward will be the latter.

Apr 10, 2020

In this compassionate and thought-provoking story, Edward is the only survivor of a horrific plane crash that kills his family and 187 other people. The book alternates between chapters about the flight and individual passengers, and chapters focusing on Edward's present struggles with all-consuming grief, loss, and guilt. Napolitano beautifully presents her themes of the importance of human connection and truly seeing every person who touches your life. Highly recommended.

Apr 10, 2020

A great book that is sad and triumphant. I like how the author lays out the story in three parts and builds on characters. I highly recommend this book.

ArapahoeKati Mar 18, 2020

Moving, heartbreaking and very well written. Once you get into the story, it refuses to let you go until the last page.

Mar 12, 2020

Lovely story and a book I will highly recommend to others.

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