The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Hachette Books, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

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An 83 year-old man dies trying to save a little girl at the amusement park where he worked as a maintenance man. After he dies, he meets five people in heaven who show him his life had meaning. Read full review

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It's a bit maudlin in places, but a very touching story. I kept thinking of who MY five people would be, and/or for which people I would be one of their five. But as Eddie's story unfolded, I kep ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

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