The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mentioned only briefly, a teenage boy who frequently visits Ruby Pier. Nicky turns out to be the grandson of Ruby, for whom the amusement park was named. Nicky loses his car key on the ride “Freddy’s Free Fall” a few weeks before Eddie dies. It is the key that falls into the gears and causes the ride to break, setting off the series of events that leads to Eddie’s death. Nicky never learns about this connection.
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Nicky Character Timeline in The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The timeline below shows where the character Nicky appears in The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The story flashes back to a night three months earlier, when a teenager named Nicky lost his car key on one of the rides at Ruby Pier. The narrator comments... (full context)
Chapter 36 (Epilogue)
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...Eddie’s job, and eventually put Eddie’s things away into a trunk in the maintenance shop. Nicky, the boy whose car key had, unbeknownst to him, caused the accident, came back often... (full context)