The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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“Amy or Annie” Character Analysis

A little girl whom Eddie has spoken to a few times at Ruby Pier, and who calls him “Eddie Maint’nance.” Eddie dies saving this little girl, whose name he can’t remember. When he sees her under the collapsing ride, he runs to push her out of the way. All through heaven, Eddie asks everyone if he succeeding in saving her. After Eddie’s journey through heaven, he waits in heaven to become one of the five people who will one day teach “Amy or Annie” a lesson about her life.

“Amy or Annie” Quotes in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The The Five People You Meet in Heaven quotes below are all either spoken by “Amy or Annie” or refer to “Amy or Annie”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Hachette Books edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven published in 2006.
Chapter 36 (Epilogue) Quotes

And in that line now was a whiskered old man (…) who waited in a place called the Stardust Band Shell to share his part of the secret of heaven: that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Eddie, “Amy or Annie”
Page Number: 196
Explanation and Analysis:

At the end of the novel, we've come full-circle. When we met him, Eddie was just arriving in Heaven, having died at Ruby Pier. Now, Eddie is an experienced resident of Heaven, ready to introduce someone else to the wonders of the afterlife. Furthermore, the first person Eddie will introduce is the young girl whose life Eddie saved by sacrificing his own. Thus, Eddie fulfills the same role for "Amy or Annie" that the Blue Man fulfilled for Eddie years before: he sacrificed his life to save a child, and in Heaven, will tell the child about the importance of sacrifice and interconnectedness.

The novel ends with a theme that Albom has been exploring for some time now: all stories are one. In other words, Eddie's life is only one part of someone else's story (for example, "Amy or Annie"). By accepting the truth about life and interconnectedness, Eddie comes to terms with his life on the Earth and embraces his new existence in Heaven.

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“Amy or Annie” Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The timeline below shows where the character “Amy or Annie” appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
...of Ruby Pier and the ocean waves. A little girl, whom Eddie thinks of as “Amy or Annie,” comes up and addresses him by name as “Eddie Maint’nance.” She eagerly asks him to... (full context)
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
...get back, but amidst the cheering nobody hears him. Suddenly, he sees the little girl “Amy or Annie” standing directly beneath the hazardous cart. Hoping he can make it in time, Eddie runs... (full context)
Chapter 3
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
...changing colors and peaceful oceanic scenery, remembering his last moments. He wonders if he saved “Amy or Annie,” but suddenly he feels as if everything at Freddy’s Free Fall happened years ago. He... (full context)
Chapter 10
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
...Blue Man prepares to leave Eddie, Eddie asks him if he was successful in saving “Amy or Annie” from the cart before he died. When the Blue Man doesn’t answer, Eddie feels great... (full context)
Chapter 16
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...they prepare to part ways, Eddie asks the Captain if he knows whether Eddie saved “Amy or Annie” from the falling cart before he died. The Captain says he doesn’t know. He then... (full context)
Chapter 35
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
...to the end of this part of heaven, and he again remembers the little girl, “Amy or Annie,” at Ruby Pier. He asks Tala if was able to pull her out of the... (full context)
Chapter 36 (Epilogue)
Redemption and Forgiveness Theme Icon
The Connection Between All Humans Theme Icon
The Cycle of Life and Death Theme Icon
The Value in Ordinary Life Theme Icon
Time Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...great-grandmother, Ruby. In heaven, Eddie waits at the Stardust Band Shell for a little girl, “Amy or Annie,” to live out her life and to one day come meet him and four other... (full context)