The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Hardcover)
A hardcover gift edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, now with a teaser chapter of its long-awaited sequel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.
"All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time..."
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.
One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself.
In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife--and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.
About the Author
Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of 6 consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers-including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time-his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies in 42 languages. He has founded eight charities in Detroit and operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
"This is the fable you will devour when you fall in love. This is the
tale you will keep by your side when you are lost. This is the story you
will turn to again and again because it possesses the rare magic to let
you see yourself and the world anew. This book is a gift to the soul."
—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement
"This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining, and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie."—Anne Lamott, author of Hallelujah Anyway and Bird by Bird
"Deep, profound, and superbly imaginative, written with the quiet eloquence of a storyteller who dares to leap into the most magical of places. This poetic book is full of lessons and hope."—James McBride, author of The Good Lord Bird and The Color of Water
"A moving flight of fantasy come to teach us that Heaven is where we finally learn what our life was about."—Harold S. Kushner, author of Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life and When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom lifts us to a new level. You'll find here echoes of the classics-The Odyssey, for one-and that puts Albom's book in the best of company."—Frank McCourt, author of Teacher Man and Angela's Ashes