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- Print Length: 336 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 198485478X
- Publisher: The Dial Press (January 6, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 6, 2020
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QNGTXNV
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“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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As the flight progresses, they meet some of the 188 passengers and flight attendants, when suddenly over Colorado, the airplane goes down. Bruce, 12, at the time is the only survivor. He had been found still strapped this seat shouting, ‘I am her, I am here,’ After a time in hospital, he goes to a new home of an aunt and uncle he hardly knows. He is ensconced In an old nursery that had never been used. It was uncomfortable, and Bruce was not able to sleep in this room. He struck up a friendship with a girl next door, Shay, and slept in her house until he was a teenager.
We are with Bruce throughout this time, his PTSD, his reactions to the loss of his family, particularly! Jordan,, his brother. He lives day to day to day, the best he can. The author has developed a process of present day with Bruce, then back to the passengers on the plane. We learn about their past lives, the gay soldier, the beautiful flight attendant who lived for the significant looks from other people, a woman who remembered past lives. In this manner the characters do come alive, particularly when Bruce receives the hundreds of letters from relatives of the passengers who died. Bruce is their closest memory of the people they loved. All of these memories help Bruce to recover physically from his injuries, but most importantly emotionally. Shay becomes the presence he needs by his side.
This is a book of such severe consequences for so many people. The characters are all part of the healing, and they give credence to the back stories and emotions that envelop and overwhelm Bruce at times. Trying to clear his head through this fog, gives Bruce purpose, and it gives us understanding. A timely book for all of us who have suffered anxiety and despair particularly through this time, but also a pathway to the future.
Recommended. prisrob 01-06-2020
Edward’s life is turned beyond upside down. Napolitano creates an ethereal framework that you will be drawn into. A world that is, at times, mesmerizing, and others, so intense, you’ll want to turn away. It is filled with love, tenderness, and possibility, and then what happens when people’s lives, so many, so far-reaching, are destroyed, physically and emotionally, in such an incomprehensible way. The reader is faced with the gravity of a situation through the eyes of a young boy on the cusp of teenagedom who has lost everything that he knows and trusts.
Much like in Greek mythology, there is great burden placed on Edward’s shoulders, and he can no sooner carry the weight of the grief of others. His pain alone is enough to bear.
As Edward climbs out of the abyss, he encounters messengers, receives compassion he didn’t think was attainable without his family, and a new purpose with his newfound strength.
Dear Edward, thank you for showing us a way forward.
Eddie is taken in by his aunt and uncle in New Jersey where he struggles to recover both physically and emotionally. He forms a bond with his new teenaged neighbor, Shay. Eddie goes on a harrowing psychological journey, as do his aunt and uncle to ultimately come to terms with the crash and its aftermath. This book was very enjoyable. It did lag a bit towards the end. However, it is incredibly worthwhile and has an uplifting ending.
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The observations on board the plane are very descriptive, each hoping for a new life a better opportunity ultimately building to a tragic accident and loss of life.
As a librarian I've had the opportunity to witness popular books with many not living up to expectations. This one does deserve it's popularity and will be a contemporary classic.
So when Eddie is thrown into a situation where he is going to have to live without Jordan his world is more than turned upside down. The closest he can physically get to his brother is wearing his over-sized clothes, but how is he going to repair the emotional scar? And at a time when Eddie can hardly cope with being himself, he discovers that a huge number of other people have enormous expectations of him.
I was completely engrossed in this book from start to end. It moves very cleverly between two time periods, showing how we can drift along from day to day in our routine way unaware that in any one moment our lives could be turned upside down. I thought Ann Napolitano handled Edward's character very sensitively. Initially he is coping with physical pain and limitations, but he also has to learn how to operate in the world again and to connect with people. Many people help him along the way, from the school's head teacher who gives him the responsibility of caring for his precious collection of ferns, to the girl next door who is totally accepting, no matter how odd Edward's actions may seem.
I know it is only January, but I am sure that this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It is a tense page-turner, but with 'ordinary' characters you can easily relate to who are thrown into impossible situations and have to try to keep moving forward.
My sincere thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for a review copy of this book.
I don't think it's that this was a bad book, I just don't think I connected with it properly. Maybe I wasn't in the mood? I didn't feel any kind of affinity with any of the characters, and I found myself not wanting to pick it up; almost doing other things to avoid doing so. It's a shame, because the premise is so good - and the very last page made me bump my rating by a star actually. I'm aware this isn't a great/very articulate review; perhaps this is a book that needs to be read itself before forming an opinion.