The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 19mm | 102g
  • Hyperion Books
  • United States
  • English
  • International edition
  • 1401398030
  • 9781401398033
  • 61,496

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466,946 ratings
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Our customer reviews

A well written little story about heaven. Not your standard heaven. The five people help Eddie understand his life and its interconnectedness. If you like Mitch Albom's other books you'll like this one. Its only short so its worth a more
by Neale P Blackwood
Interesting idea about people lives affecting each others but i think the book is too simplistic for adults. Don't expect too much from it and you'll enjoy more
by Leonidas Pappas
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