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About Ann Napolitano
Dear Edward will be published by Dial Press in the United States, and by Viking Penguin in the United Kingdom. The novel currently has fourteen international publishers. For more information about Ann or her books, please visit www.annnapolitano.com.
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“A reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better . . . Don’t miss this one.”—Jodi Picoult, bestselling 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, 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 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 bestselling 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
Crippled by lupus at twenty-five, celebrated author Flannery O'Connor was forced to leave New York City and return home to Andalusia, her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Years later, as Flannery is finishing a novel and tending to her menagerie of peacocks, her mother drags her to the wedding of a family friend.
Cookie Himmel embodies every facet of Southern womanhood that Flannery lacks: she is revered for her beauty and grace; she is at the helm of every ladies' organization in town; and she has returned from her time in Manhattan with a rich fiancé, Melvin Whiteson. Melvin has come to Milledgeville to begin a new chapter in his life, but it is not until he meets Flannery that he starts to take a good hard look at the choices he has made. Despite the limitations of her disease, Flannery seems to be more alive than other people, and Melvin is drawn to her like a moth to a candle flame.
Melvin is not the only person in Milledgeville who starts to feel that life is passing him by. Lona Waters, the dutiful wife of a local policeman, is hired by Cookie to help create a perfect home. As Lona spends her days sewing curtains, she is given an opportunity to remember what it feels like to be truly alive, and she seizes it with both hands.
Heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human, these ordinary and extraordinary people chart their own courses through life. In the aftermath of one tragic afternoon, they are all forced to look at themselves and face up to Flannery's observation that "the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
A veces la vida te reserva un nuevo camino hacia la felicidad
Un lugar en el cielo es al mismo tiempo una novela de aprendizaje, un relato coral de múltiples e inolvidables personajes y una historia de los muchos caminos que la vida nos ofrece para que un corazón roto vuelva a sentir y a amar.
Una mañana de verano, Edward Adler, de doce años, su hermano mayor, sus padres y ciento ochenta y tres pasajeros embarcan en Newark rumbo a Los Ángeles. Entre ellos, además de los Adler, está un prodigio de Wall Street, una chica que acaba de descubrir que está embarazada, un veterano de la guerra de Afganistán que arrastra las secuelas de la contienda, un magnate de los negocios, una mujer independiente que huye de un marido demasiado controlador. A mitad de camino, el avión se estrella. Edward es el único superviviente.
La historia se convierte en la gran noticia del momento y acapara la atención de todos los medios del país. Pero Edward no siente que haya sobrevivido al accidente. Una parte de él se ha quedado para siempre en ese avión en el que perdió a su familia, junto a esos pasajeros a los que conoció por unas horas, en ese cielo en el que su vida, tal como la conocía, cambió para siempre.
Y es que, cuando lo has perdido todo, ¿de dónde puedes sacar la fuerza para seguir adelante, cómo volver a encontrar sentido a tu vida?