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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

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A “dazzling” novel that “will break your heart and put it back together again” (J. Courtney Sullivan, best-selling 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, best-selling 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, 12-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 best-selling 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)

©2020 Ann Napolitano (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“With its expert pacing and picture-perfect final page, Dear Edward is a wondrous read. It is a skillful and satisfying examination of not only what it means to survive, but of what it means to truly live.” (Booklist)

“Wonderfully detailed characters... The potent prose brings readers close to the complex emotional and psychological fallout after tragedy....  By the end, readers will feel a comforting sense of solace. Napolitano’s depiction of the nuances of post-trauma experiences is fearless, compassionate, and insightful.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Penetrating... What makes this narrative so effective is its alternating between the ordinary events unfolding on the flight and the aftermath of the crash.... [A] vivid story of one’s boy coming of age redirected by tragedy.” (Library Journal)

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Can’t recommend because of language

The use of the “F” word makes it impossible for me to recommend this book. I wish someone would have warned me.

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great performance and interesting story

I knew it was performed by the same artist who read 'where the crawdads sing' immediately after I heard her voice. The story plot isn't surprising but very humble and realistic. I felt satisfied when I finished it.

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THROUGH HIS EYES

GREAT READ FAST PACED LOVED HOW WE SAW IT THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SURVIVOR

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A must-read for everyone!

This book has the power to make everyone stop & ponder the questions we have for our own bbn lives, the reasons we are still here, time wasted, and what would we do in this situation. Thank you for this story.

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Stick to the Story

Another writer who insists on inserting out-of-place political views into the story. The story isn't great anyway, but this is a huge turn-off for me. No more books from this author.

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Not at all what I expected and SO boring

Cassandra Campbell’s narration is the only thing that redeemed this for me. I’m not at all sure what the author was trying to do here, but it didn’t work for me at all.

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Stunning characterization and compelling storytelling!

This story will have you by the heartstrings immediately. The level that the author developed with not only the main character, Edward, but several individuals on the flight and those that surrounded him afterward take you into the different emotional levels of such an intense and impactful event. Not since Wally Lamb, have I encountered writing so intensely raw and personal that seems effortless! And Cassandra Campbell is an excellent narrator!

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Compelling

Didn't want to put it down. Loved the story of the boy and his evolution. also the other individuals and what was behind their eyes.

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Unconvinced.

I found this book hard to love. The 12 year old boy's perspective written by a grown woman was just not convincing.

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good story, great voice talent

good story albeit depressing at times, especially in the beginning, but hey, it's about a plane crash! I don't understand the criticism of the voice performance. I thought it was fine.

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