Jennifer Reese
September 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mitch Albom
publisher
Hyperion
genre
Fiction

We gave it a D

From the man who brought you ”Tuesdays With Morrie” comes another trite-and-true primer on how to live, this time a simpleminded and shamelessly sentimental novel. Eddie, an 83-year-old amusement-park maintenance man, dies in a freak accident while trying to save a child from being crushed under a malfunctioning ride. He promptly ascends to heaven and runs into five people, including his dead wife, a Filipino girl, and an elderly woman in old-fashioned clothes, who help him make sense of his ”ordinary” life. Here’s what he learns: We’re all connected, we’re all special, and ”strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.” Given Albom’s track record, this skinny little book may become a runaway hit. It’s still profoundly icky.

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