Written By: Ann Napolitano

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Date: January 2020

Duration: 11 hours 37 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • “Make sure you have tissues handy when you read [this] sure-footed tearjerker” (NPR) about a young boy who must learn to go on after surviving tragedy

Soon to be an Apple TV+ series starring Connie Britton, written and executive produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Parade • LibraryReads

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


  • Gina M.

    Very slow at the beginning but picked up when he made the discovery in the garage. Predictable characters and ending.

  • Paula M.

    Thought provoking

  • Stephanie M.

    Very, very good book. I flew through it. My husband is a pilot and I can appreciate all that each person in this book feels and could picture them through the narrative... I've met many extremely interesting people on planes and even have continued relationships. Of course, listening to this while I was on the plane was a little daunting, but definitely worth the ride - especially as a mom of two young men.

  • Heather D.

    Well written and voiced. Thought provoking story idea. Captivating.

  • Elizabeth R.

    Despite the violence of an airplane crash, this is a gentle book about the coming of age of a disaster survivor. His character is lovingly rendered and he becomes someone to respect and inspire with his innate kindness and, at times, surprising maturity. Well done.

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by Ann Napolitano

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