THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN
From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it's an answer.
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?"
SPOILER: sent in by ActiveGirl28.
Eddie meets a man who was part of a traveling carnival he saw as a child, the woman who built the pier where he has worked all of his life, his wife, his commander in Vietnam, and finally a little girl who died in Vietnam as a result of the fire he set in her house without knowing she was there.
Eddie learns lessons from each of these individuals, but most of all learns about forgiveness and how quickly and irrevocably someone else can change the course of our lives.
He learns that he died on the pier, but learns that he did save the little girl on the amusement park ride. He is told that someday he will have the chance to meet that little girl that he saved.