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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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I like the writing style and this book has such a fantastic premise. The main character is an elderly man, an amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who dies saving a young girl who’s the victim of a broken ride. Eddie goes to heaven where he meets five people who were unexpectadly instrumental in some way in his life. Each of the five people have made an impact on him, were responsible for him making particular decisions in his life as a result of knowing them. He talks with them and learns more about his life and what his true purpose on earth was. A lovely concept that makes you think about the influential people in your own life.

If you like Mitch Albom you might also like to read books by Audrey Niffenegger, Nicholas Montemarano and Diana Cooper.

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is a wonderfully moving fable that addresses the meaning of life, and life after death, in the poignant way that made TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE such an astonishing book. The novel's protagonist is an elderly amusement park maintenance worker named Eddie who, while operating a ride called the 'Free Fall', dies while trying to save a young girl who gets in the way of a falling cart that hurtles to earth. Eddie goes to heaven, where he meets five people who were unexpectedly instrumental in some way in his life. While each guide takes him through heaven, Eddie learns a little bit more about what his time on earth meant, what he was supposed to have learned, and what his true purpose on earth was. Throughout there are dramatic flashbacks where we see scenes from his troubled childhood, his years in the army in the Philippines jungle, and with his first and only love, his wife Marguerite. THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is the perfect book to follow TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE. Its compellingly affecting themes and lyrical writing will fascinate Mitch Albom's huge readership.

Reviews

'Albom has done it again... FIVE PEOPLE is a powerful book, powerful enough to make one's inner snob feel a little uncomfortable...Albom has touched the lives of a lot of people he never even knew. If there is a heaven, he can expect to have around 5.7 million people waiting for him there' TIME

'[Eddie] learns not only about his life but also about what his time on earth meant. It is simple, unaffected and written with great feeling' PUBLISHING NEWS

'Simply told, sentimental and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership ... this slim tale, like Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, reminds us of what really matters here of earth, of what our lives are given to us for' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'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 ANGELA'S ASHES

About the Author

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is the author of the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, as well as six other books. He works as a newspaper columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

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Publication date

2nd September 2004

Author

Mitch Albom

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780751536829

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