The Five People You Meet in Heaven


Author: Mitch Albom

Title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Genre: Inspirational

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 198

Geographical Setting: United States, Amusement Park

Time Period: Present

Series: No

Plot Summary: The story begins at the end, with Eddie, an old man, dying. We are then taken with Eddie into “Heaven” to meet five different people, who have had an impact on his life, or he has had an impact on their life. They are not the five people that he imagines, and we learn how all of the people and Eddie are interconnected. Through Eddie, we appreciate our own lives and the people who are in it, even if we do not know why they are. This book shows us what truly matters in life, and how each one of our lives are intertwined with others.

Subject Headings: Life after death, Heaven, Death, Secrets, Memories, Accident victims, Senior men, Repairers, Veterans, Octogenarians, Amusement parks, Amusement park rides, Psychological fiction

Appeal: compelling, deliberate, unhurried, insightful, inspiring, thought-provoking, flashbacks, classic, engaging, thoughtful, vivid, melancholy, hopeful

3 Terms that Best Describe this Book: hopeful, inspiring, classic

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works:

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper (Baptist minister dies and recounts the sights of Heaven, when he is brought back to life.)

Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World by David Koenig (insight into creation of amusement parks, as well as what happens when it doesn’t go according to plan.)

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (scientific explanations as to what happens after we die.)

3 Relevant Fiction Works:

I Never Saw Paris: A Novel of the Afterlife by Harry I. Freund (a pedestrian who is hit by a car and killed finds himself traveling to heaven with a group of people and they share their life stories.)

Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter R. Pouncey (a retired old man creates a list as to how he will live out his final days.)

The Ten Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern (29 year old woman arrives in Heaven with her dog, and discovers that in order to stay at the highest level must prove herself.)

Name: Kathryn


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