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The Five People You Meet In Heaven

by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2003, 198 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2006, 208 pages

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Mitch Albom had published a handful of books before he hit paydirt with Tuesdays With Morrie in 1997 which, surprisingly, far outsold Morrie Schwartz's own book, Morrie: In His Own Words which had been published earlier.

Albom says that the lead character in The Five People... was inspired by his uncle, Edward Beitchman, who was also a World War II veteran, who also died at 83, and also lived a life like that of the fictional character, rarely leaving his home city, and often feeling that he didn't accomplish what he should have.

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