Books: Mitch Albom: Words Of Paradise

Is there life after Morrie? Mitch Albom finds out in a sad, sweet first novel set in the great hereafter

This is the strange but true story of how a failed jazz pianist from Passaic, N.J., became the author of one of the best-selling books in history. In 1997 Mitch Albom wrote a sad, funny account of his conversations with a dying man. Tuesdays with Morrie went on to sell more than 5.7 million copies in hardcover alone. It spent four straight years at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Now the story is getting stranger: Albom has done it again, with a novel called The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Hyperion; 196 pages).

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