Thorndike Press

Dear Edward

  • Ann Napolitano
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884689
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884680
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.26 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released January 2021

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A New York Times Bestseller
A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A LibraryReads Best Book of the Year

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live? One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his family, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. 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 for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel tied to his plane and 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?


Customer Reviews

“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

“A harrowing yet ultimately optimistic story about the sole survivor of a plane crash.”

— O: The Oprah Magazine

“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

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

— Entertainment Weekly