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Five People: Introduction
Five People: Plot Summary
Five People: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Five People: Themes
Five People: Quotes
Five People: Characters
Five People: Symbols
Five People: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Mitch Albom
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- Full Title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
- Where Written: Detroit, United States
- When Published: 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary Fiction
- Genre: Religious Fiction, Philosophical Fiction
- Setting: Fictional seaside amusement park in an unnamed town
- Climax: When Eddie realizes that the shadow he saw in the flaming hut during the war really was the little girl, Tala, and that he killed her.
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Ruby Pier’s Inspiration: Ruby Pier, the setting of The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was inspired by the beach town amusement parks in California, particularly the Santa Monica Pier.
Eddie’s Inspiration: The character of Eddie was inspired by Mitch Albom’s uncle Eddie, who was a working class World War II veteran.