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Mitch Albom: Novel Explores A Life’s Trajectory after Escaping Death

Albom discusses his new novel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, the sequel to his bestselling book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.


Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books, including Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.


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Mitch Albom BooksA man loses his life saving a little girl in an amusement park accident. So, what becomes of the girl as she lives her life with the subconscious memory of what happened to her when she was a child?

That question is at the heart of the latest novel from writer Mitch Albom, called The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. It's the sequel to his bestselling book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which tells the story Eddie, the amusement park maintenance worker who saved the life of the little girl, Annie, while losing his own.

Both stories explore the idea of a life's purpose and how one person’s life can affect another’s — something often unknown in their time on earth.

In the audio above, Albom, a former sportswriter and author of bestsellers such as Tuesdays With Morrie, tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty that readers frequently asked him what became of Annie. So, he embarked on this, his first-ever sequel.

Albom will be in Houston for a Brazos Bookstore event Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, located at 1117 Texas Ave.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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