You will definitely be one of my absolute favorite books of 2020!
Inspired by a true story of one child’s incredible survival--riveting, uplifting, unforgettable.
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? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?
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.
I am honored to be the Author Advocate for Ann Napolitano; so much so that I write this piece, inspired by the book, as a letter to the author.
I loved all of these characters that we meet in Dear Edward. You managed to write a whole story about people I knew were going to die from the beginning. It was the first book I have read with that plot device and I think it was done so well. It added a layer of suspense to the story that I have never experienced. Similar to real-life, you want to change the inevitable that you cannot control. Don’t be turned off and think this book might be too depressing for you. It’s an important look at grief and provides a profound message of hope.
I lost my sister to cancer two years ago and this book helped me understand some of that grieving process. Death and grief are realities we rarely discuss as a society, and yet it is such a part of life. When you lose someone, you’re like Edward, you’re the survivor and it’s a struggle to understand how to go on living when faced with loss. The book helped to answer these profound questions as we grieve along with Edward and the victims’ families.
You made me think about strangers sitting next to me on a plane. It’s a familiar stressful setting for most of us. Not enough leg room. People coughing. Kids crying. Delayed flights. It is hard to realize that your fellow passengers are dealing with the same stresses and also have a story all their own. Perhaps the woman in the seat next to you is dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, perhaps the man in the seat in front of you is an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan. You never know what someone is going through. Dear Edward made me want to be a little bit more compassionate to those people I am sharing the world (and airplane) with.
Congratulations on all of this novel’s success, from it being a Read with Jenna book pick to it being a New York Times Best-seller! I can’t wait to interview you with many more insights and questions at the Nantucket Book Festival this June.