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Dear Edward
A Novel
By (author): Ann Napolitano
9781984854803 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Coming of Age Feb 02, 2021
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.14 x 7.88 x 0.78 in | 0.6 lb 384 pages Random House Dial Press Trade Paperback
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

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 is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him 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 find yourself? How do you discover your purpose?

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.

Story Locale: West Milford, NJ; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Greeley, CO

Publication History: Dial Press HC (1/20)

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Dear Edward spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover and digital

RANDOM HOUSE BOOK CLUB SELECTION WITH READING GUIDE INSIDE: Napolitano’s exquisite writing and her light-handed approach to wrestling with life’s biggest questions make this a perfect book club choice.

HEART BREAKING AND HEART-MENDING: While aspects of this novel are sad, it is ultimately a redemptive story of the power of connection—which readers are finding appealing in these difficult, increasingly polarized times.

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY: Napolitano became fascinated by the true story of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 and the 9-year-old Dutch boy who was its sole survivor, and she wrote Dear Edward as a way to imagine a future for him.

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She is also the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

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“A surprisingly uplifting story, full of hope and dry humor, with an underlying, noncloying message about the decency of strangers.”The New York Times Book Review

“A harrowing yet ultimately optimistic story about the sole survivor of a plane crash.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“A haunting novel that’s a masterful study in suspense, grief and survival . . . Napolitano’s fearless examination of what took place models a way forward for all of us. She takes care not to sensationalize, presenting even the most harrowing scenes in graceful, understated prose, and gives us a powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times.”The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Transportative . . . Make sure you have tissues handy when you read Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward, a sure-footed tearjerker.”—NPR

“Exquisite . . . an insightful and moving testament to the indomitability of the human spirit.”People

“Ann Napolitano’s new novel is the best book about a young person I’ve read since Emma Donoghue’s Room, and if there’s any justice in the world, it’s going to be a phenomenon: outstanding storytelling, great writing, absolutely The Real Deal.”—John Boyne, bestselling author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Dear Edward isn’t just a beautiful novel, clear-eyed and compassionate even as it pulls us into difficult terrain. It’s an examination of what makes us human, how we survive in this mysterious world, how we take care of each other. It’s the kind of book that forces you to trust that the author, who will break your heart, will also lead you toward something wondrous, something profound. After this brilliant novel, I will follow Ann Napolitano to the ends of the earth.”—Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

“This is a stunning novel of courage and connection in the face of unimaginable loss. It’s beautifully written, with characters so intensely alive you will hold your breath as they break your heart—an extraordinary read.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

“From its breathtaking premise—a boy is the sole survivor of an airplane crash—to its absolutely rhapsodic finish, Dear Edward is about the persistence of hope, the depth of love, and the unexpected, radiant moments that make up our lives. If I loved this stunning novel any more, I’d have to marry it.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

“I loved Dear Edward so, so much. It made me laugh and weep. So many times I had to stop after reading a paragraph to acknowledge the beauty of Ann Napolitano’s writing. In Edward, his friend Shay, and the passengers on the airplane, Napolitano offers unforgettable characters, people you know you will miss after you’ve turned the book’s last page. Magnificent!”—Lily King, author of Euphoria

“Contains real bite [and] authenticity . . . Edward’s path to finding purpose and connection is realized with an affecting, quiet empathy.”Entertainment Weekly

“A delicate story of one boy’s physical and psychological recovery . . . Napolitano captures the subtle shades of Edward’s spirit like the earliest intimations of dawn. . . . Persistently lovely . . . one of the most touching stories you’re likely to read in the new year.”The Washington Post

“Stunning . . . In this life-affirming tale, the downright unbearable blossoms into a testament to the power of love and grace.”Vogue

Napolitano weaves Edward’s devastating post-crash experience with heart-pounding chapters set during the final hours and minutes of the flight. Though there’s so much tragedy and loss in this novel, there is also a lot of hope.”Real Simple, “The Best Books of 2020 (So Far)”

“A poignant novel about grief and hope.”Marie Claire

“This haunting story of how one young man copes with the unthinkable cards life has dealt him is heartbreaking, insightful, and altogether unforgettable.”Town & Country

“A twelve-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a Los Angeles–bound plane crash. If this premise doesn't hook you, the prose will. And the flight is filled with a Lost-esque cast of characters that make the fatal crash even more devastating.”TheSkimm

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