The crash of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran and the deaths of all aboard is one of the most discussing topics this week. There were several assumptions about what happened. Western intelligence showed that Iran was responsible for this tragedy, as its missile exploded near a plane above Parand, the area where the Ukraine jetliner stopped transmitting its signal before it crashed.

The jetliner was carrying some 176 passengers and crew. And no one survived. They had no chance to survive. And it’s heartrending. January 8 is a dark day for all countries.

But speaking globally, miracles sometimes happen. There’re stories of people who managed to survive after a plane crash. And in her new book, Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano tells the story of such a person. Inspired by a true story, it tells the story of twelve-year-old Edward Adler.

One morning, Edward together with his older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among the passengers were an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a young woman coming to terms with her unexpected pregnancy, a Wall Street wunderkind, a septuagenarian business magnate, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband.

And the plane crashes. All passengers die, except Edward. He is the only survivor.

This story draws the attention of the nation, but the young boy struggles to find his place in a world without his family. And after many years he makes an unexpected discovery – one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most difficult questions: When you’ve lost everything, how can you find yourself?

This life is unfair and cruel from time to time. It can bring a lot of pain. Not everything in this world depends on us. But we have to be strong and do our best to make it a little bit better. Let’s change things that we can change.

Make love, not war.

P.S. If you want to read about other releases of new books and movies or current art events, go to PRABOOK.NEWS!

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