An Evening with Ann Napolitano
Monday 17th February 18:00 - 19:30 at Cambridge
Coming all the way from Brooklyn, USA, Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates prize longlisted author Ann Napolitano will be joining us to celebrate the launch of Dear Edward – a moving novel about the 12 year-old sole survivor of a plane crash, inspired by real events.
‘A haunting novel that’s a masterful study in suspense, grief and survival…. a powerful book about living a meaningful life during the most difficult of times.' - New York Times
About Dear Edward
The novel starts on a summer morning, when 216 people are on Flight 2977 from New York to LA. Amongst them are a wall street millionaire flirting with the air hostess in first class, a soldier returning home from Afghanistan, a new mother-to-be taking a pregnancy test in the loo and Edward Adler, his brother and his parents, who are moving across the county to start a new life in California. But only one of the 216 passengers will make it off the plane, as it crashes in Colorado mid-flight, leaving Edward completely alone as the sole survivor, and catapulting him into the middle of a social media frenzy about the crash.
Dear Edward is about how Edward learns to live in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, about how the kindness of humanity can flourish in the darkest of times and about how we should all make the most of every day we’re given on this planet. It's an uplifting and life-affirming book, which makes you want to run outside and do something – whether that’s signing up for the marathon you’ve always wanted to run or simply reminding your family of how much you love them.
Ann is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach. She is also the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine. She is also the Associate Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College’s MFA program, New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers’ Workshop. In November 2019, Ann was long-listed for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize.
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