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Dear Edward

A Novel
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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A 12-year-old boy struggles with the worst kind of fame - as the sole survivor of a notorious plane crash - in this “stunning novel of courage and connection” (Helen Simonson, best-selling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand).

“A rich, big-hearted tapestry that leaves no one behind...Ann Napolitano brings clear-eyed compassion to every character.” (Chloe Benjamin, best-selling author of The Immortalists)

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.

Advance 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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THROUGH HIS EYES

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

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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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Emotional

I did not want this book to end. My love for the characters only grew stronger as the story went on. This young Man would have made anyone proud, parents and Aunts and Uncles. What is not to love about him. The only thing I wish characters could do was to open their thoughts to the ones who can assist. We should Never Assume. You make an a_ _ out of U and Me! "Ass U Me" With that being said, I still loved this book. I could not put it down!

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Only listened to two hours

The narrator of this book is so awful that I couldn’t do it anymore. It’s a shame because it seems like it is a great story...I just can’t do the monotone robot voice.

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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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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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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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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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Beautiful heart in the center of this story.

This is a rare book that I may just “accidentally” start over at the beginning and listen to it again. I can completely see why Jenna Bush Hager chose it for her Book of the Month on the Today Show... through tragedy, a beautiful heart is revealed.

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I must be missing something

I don't get all the rave reviews. Didn't like the back and forth nature of the plot. I felt very little emotional connection to the characters. Just not for me.