DEAR EDWARD BY ANN NAPOLITANO – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY DIAL PRESS ON 14th JANUARY 2020

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 192 passengers aboard: among them a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the aeroplane toilet; a Wall Street millionaire flirting with the air hostess; an injured soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons, bickering over who gets the window seat. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

Dear Edward depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he struggles to make sense of the meaning of his survival, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and find his place in the world without his family. In his new home with his aunt and uncle, the only solace comes from his friendship with the girl next door, Shay. Together Edward and Shay make a startling discovery: hidden in his uncle’s garage are sacks of letters from the relatives of the other passengers, addressed to Edward.

As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront some of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given? And what does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

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ANN NAPOLITANO

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Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She is also the Assistant Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught Creative Writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA programme, 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.

WHAT DID I THINK?

Really loved this even if it was a bit of a stretch that a boy could survive this plane crash but the story made it good plus the way it was written. I stayed up reading this as wanted to know how it finished. Very well written going through the years after the crash and how everything made a dent in his life. Coming to terms with something like that happening to you at 12 is unbearable even to think about but I loved the way the author really went in deep, it was like she had a connection with the child. A good five stars from me and definitely one to read or go on your list.

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