- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062294449
- ISBN-13: 978-0062294449
- ASIN: 006229444X
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 491 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 9, 2018
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“[Albom’s] new novel offers unexpected twists and clever turns that will delight his passionate fans.” (AARP Magazine)
“Fans of the first book will have plenty to appreciate here.” (Publishers Weekly)
“It’s a tale filled with joy, heart and wisdom, and it’s a reminder to cherish those we love most.” (Woman’s World Magazine)
As Annie learns her lessons about the meaning and value of both life and death, Albom wraps up this heartfelt fable with a totally unexpected twist. Order plenty of copies, and warn readers to keep their hankies handy! (Booklist)
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“Annie never thought about heaven. But heaven is always thinking about us. . . .”
Fifteen years ago, Mitch Albom’s beloved number one bestseller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven,
captivated millions of readers with a fictional tale of the afterlife and how it answers all our earthly questions.
In that book, Eddie, a grizzled war veteran turned amusement park mechanic, dies saving a young girl named Annie from a tragic accident. Although he felt his life was meaningless on earth, Eddie learns from five people in heaven how much his—and every life—matters.
Now, in this long-awaited sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story, and what happened next.
The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie, too. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember what happened, Annie is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew.
Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. She feels everything she does is a mistake. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness.
But, as the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo, and her wedding night ends in an unimaginable tragedy. Annie is whisked into her own heavenly journey—and into an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of five people who will show her how her earthly life touched others in ways she could not have fathomed.
Poignant, beautifully crafted, and filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us once again that all endings are beginnings—we only need to open our eyes to experience them.
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I enjoyed the experience of discovering what this book is about - what happens and why - way too much to in any way compromise another reader's enjoyment or meaningful discoveries. It's kind of personal, what each person might take away from the book. Instead of outlining what happens, then, let me just give a few words about my reaction or how reading the book impacted me.
The book is written thoughtfully - it encourages the reader to think about his or her life, other lives he or she has connected with in some way, and to look at a variety of things (events or meetings that happen by accident or chance, for just one example) in different, fresh ways. I liked how the book was written in a thoughtful, compassionate, warm way that encouraged many things: Questions (and possibly some answers; or maybe ideas of reasons why answers could be delayed or unknown), openness (not just an open heart, but an open mind), and many other refreshing exercises for the reader's mind and heart.
The book, including the ending, is satisfying and inspires courage even when you'd rather run away or hide your eyes; hope even when you feel like you've searched for an awfully long time and thought and reasoned and STILL can't figure things out; and being okay with missing pieces of yourself along your journey. You never know just where or when you'll find one of those missing pieces.
I enjoyed "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven" immensely and I can't imagine forgetting it.
Edit: To Vanessa who reviewed the book (can’t reply to your review) I think that’s part of the design of the book. His other hardcover books in the past (I got First Phone Call From Heaven and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto) look like that as well. I can upload photos of them later, if that helps. 😊
Author Mitch Albom’s sequel, The Next Five People You Meet in Heaven, is even better than the first book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and there’s not many sequels you can say that about and truly mean it. I loved the depth of his concept of heaven and the way he told the story in present and past flashbacks. It’s truly brilliant.
The Next Five People You Meet in Heaven is a story about love—looking for it, finding it, accepting it, and losing it. It’s a story about loss and anger, repentance and forgiveness. It’s a book about understanding. About understanding who you are, understanding your life, and accepting your mistakes—being grateful for what they taught you. It’s a book that will cause you to ponder and reflect on your own life, something Mitch Albom is especially good at. It shows how life is full of joys and sorrows, love and loss, and how ‘endings are just new beginnings.’ It’s inspirational!
“At certain moments, when death is close, the veil pulls back between this world and the next. … You can see them awaiting your arrival. And they can see you coming.” —Mitch Albom, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”
“When we build, we build on the shoulders of those who came before us. And when we fall apart, those who came before us help put us back together.” —Mitch Albom, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”
“If you truly love someone, you’ll find a way back.” —Mitch Albom, “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”
Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
& Author of, "I'm the One the Other Isn't"