Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question "Why was I here?"
"Fans of Tuesdays with Morrie will be delighted with this novel." (People)
"Albom has a gift for tapping into readers' sincerely sentimental spots, and he will undoubtedly connect again here." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"Transcendent....Albom has aimed high here, and there's a whiff of paradise as a result." (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
"Albom has the ability to make you cry in spite of yourself." (The Boston Globe)
"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)