Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: Jan. 14, 2020
The events that occur on the flight are divided by time right down to the minute of the crash. (Boarding your next plane might feel different after reading this one). Even though we know the ending, this part of the tale still reads like a page-turning mystery. In the present, we meet a few new characters. In Edward’s new life, disagreeing with myself, there are characters that read a bit saccharine. His aunt and uncle, new best friend and high school principal are just too self-sacrificing and flawless to feel like true people. This contrasts with the realness felt in the characters from the plane ride. Still, in my mind, Napolitano’s weaving of past and present makes up for that over-sweetening. Plus, by the end of the novel, it can also read as a coming-of-age story, which is a genre I have always liked. Clearly, the novel is not all doom and gloom. By the end of the novel, as the author intended, I had a smile on my face. Heartwarming endings can be a good thing.
I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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2 thoughts on ““Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano”
Hi Martie. Here’s a book you might like: Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer. It’s a collection of short stories. Most of them are very affecting. See you.
My brother in law is a pilot, so I tend to not read any books with crashes. Its just too close to home. Really glad you enjoyed it though! And I always appreciate a feel good ending ❤