“Over the years, more than any book I’ve written, readers have asked me ‘What happened next to Eddie and Annie? Although I’ve never done a sequel before, I felt there was a natural story about Eddie going from meeting five people to being one of five for somebody else. And exploring how a girl lives once she’s saved from death was very appealing material. So I dove in – and I was surprised where it took me.”
– Mitch Albom
IN STORES NOW!
In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.
Fifteen years ago, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story.
The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life 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. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness.
As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.
Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning—we only need to open our eyes to see it.
2019 Wilbur Award Winner for fiction from the Religion Communicators Council
“Albom’s gift for storytelling continues to shine in this sequel to his best-selling The Five People You Meet in Heaven. With true-to-life characters, this quick parable serves as a reminder that through empathy and forgiveness, we can survive our losses. In turn, our troubles are mere beginnings to a future of wonderful possibilities.”
“[A] heartfelt fable with a totally unexpected twist. Order plenty of copies, and warn readers to keep their hankies handy!”
“Fans of the first book will have plenty to appreciate here.”
“In this utterly beautiful sequel – we didn’t cry, we sobbed – we learn about Annie’s story. Annie is struggling to find acceptance but can an old acquaintance help her explain how her life really mattered. Sob. Honestly, it’s so beautifully written.”
– Woman’s Way (Ireland)
“It’s a tale filled with joy, heart and wisdom, and it’s a reminder to cherish those we love most.”
“…a profound and eye-opening look into what could be heaven. Flashbacks into Annie’s life help to clarify things that could occur in anyone’s life. It alleviates the fear of death, showing that no matter what mistakes one feels one’s made, there is redemption along with peace and the reality that everyone’s life has purpose and meaning.”
– NY Journal of Books
“Told in his trademark entrancing, artless style, the latest novel delivers the thought-provoking story of what happened to the girl spared death in the first book… I loved the first book and this is a worthy successor. Tears were shed, emotions shredded and there is much to admire.”
-Press Association (UK)
in stores November 2019
Build your own pipe cleaner heart:
What you’ll need: 2 pipe cleaners
- Bend one stem in half to form a “v” shape
- Bend the top end of the V towards the center and tie them closed to form a heart
- Attach your second stem to the left side of the heart, near but not at the top, so it crosses the heart diagonally. Twist to secure it.
- Loop the stem around the bottom right corner of heart and thread it through the center of the heart to cover the top knot.
- Bend the stem down and to the right, looping it back around the front at the top right corner.
- Cross the stem diagonally to the left side of the heart, near the bottom.
- Loop the stem around the back of the heart towards the center knot.
- Fold over the top of the knot and twist to secure it.
What readers have said about The Five People You Meet in Heaven “Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is a contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“There’s much wisdom here . . . An earnest meditation on the intrinsic value of human life.” —Los Angeles Times