The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a novel by Mitch Albom. It follows the life and death of a maintenance man named, who is killed and sent to heaven, where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive. An enchanting, beautifully crafted novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold. Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years — from the Loop-the-Loop to the Pipeline Plunge — so, too, has Eddie changed, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.