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Critical Praise

"A books that you find yourself thinking about days...even weeks later, reading favorite sections to others and thinking about how your own actions and choices ripple through life and affect those around you."

——Julie Smith, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane WA

"One of the best books I've read. Very well written. Touching and very comforting. Makes you stop and think of how people affect each others lives under the simplest circumstances, and no matter who and what you are in life, you can always make a difference."

——Maria Linsangan, book buyer, The News Group, Sacramento

"I was changed by this book. It has that wonderful ring of truth that stories have which affirm the value of the individual."

——Donna Cressman, Maxwell Books, DeSoto TX

"In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom lifts us to a new level. You'll find here echoes of the classics -- The Odyssey, for one -- and that puts Albom's book in the best of company."

——Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis

"A moving flight of fantasy come to teach us that Heaven is where we finally learn what our life was about."

——Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"This is a lovely book, sweet, entertaining and wise. What a gutsy, surprising follow-up to Morrie."

——Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies and Blue Shoe

"Deep, profound, superbly imaginative, written with the quiet eloquence of a storyteller who dares to leap into the most magical of places. This poetic book is full of lessons and hope."

——James McBride, author of The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna

"This is the fable you will devour when you fall in love. This is the tale you will keep by your side when you are lost. This is the story you will turn to again and again, because it possesses the rare magic to let you see yourself and the world anew. This book is a gift to the soul."

——Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter

"Anyone who loved Tuesdays with Morrie should delight in reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Mitch Albom has populated his larger-than-life tale with memorable characters and filled it with the abundant warmth and wisdom that we've come to expect from this gifted storyteller."

——John Burnham Schwartz, author of Claire Marvel

"Albom has done a masterful job."

——Oakland Press

"There's much wisdom here . . . An earnest meditation on the intrinsic value of human life."

——Los Angeles Times

"Albom has a gift for tapping into readers' sincerely sentimental spots, and he will undoubtedly connect again here."

——Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Albom has the ability to make you cry in spite of yourself."

——The Boston Globe

"Transcendent. . . . Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result."

——Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel."

——People magazine

"Sincere. . . . A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers."

——Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Simply told, sentimental, and profoundly true, this is an contemporary American fable that will be cherished by a vast readership."

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)