“What if the end is not the end?”
From the beloved author of the number one New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet—a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection.
One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.
At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by “miracle fever.” Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.
As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town—and the world—transform. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.
Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.
The First Phone Call from Heaven is a virtuosic story of love, history, and belief.
WINNER: 2014 Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award
Praise for The First Phone Call from Heaven
“A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel, and hope—and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do.”
—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams.”
—Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now
"A brisk, page-turner of a story is another winner from Albom. This book just about shouts “Give me for a holiday gift.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Albom artfully captures the emotional turbulence caused by the testing of faith. His story clips along at an increasingly frenetic pace, realistically displaying the ugliness wrought when combining the media circus, mass hysteria, and greed of commercialism. [A] moving tale of loss, recovery, and the power of love."
—Library Journal, starred review
"I loved it. I think people who like Mitch Albom are going to love this book. And even if you don't, it's not the kind of book that you've ever read anyplace else. I've never read anything quite like it….The book takes a lot of twists and turns and there are a lot of different things that happen in this book. And it's not going to be what you think it is going to be when you get to the end. And I think that's always the sign of a good book."
—Pat Thurston, KGO
"He's an engaging writer. ..There's a spark in the simplicity of his writing that keeps his work dynamic."
"Albom has crafted a powerful and page-turning tale. I spent the first three-quarters wondering how in the world the story would play out, and the twist at the end was a pleasant surprise…Provides some excellent food for thought about doubt, faith, heaven, and the power of forgiveness. Albom's lastest work is definitely one for the keeper shelf."
"Exploring the power of faith, he interweaves the characters’ lives in a moving narrative that shows his mastery of writing and storytelling. "
"A simply brilliant evocation of a fabulous plot…You can hit pieces of this plot and think I was fibbing about this [not] being a genre novel, for some of it can read like the best of thrillers. What Albom brings to the story…is his trademark clarity. This is just superlative at whatever level you look…The fact that the plot is equal to the premise and the author's talent equal to his intentions, means this is one of the better novels of the year."
"The humanism and the gift of story-telling is on full display…It is a compelling novel with equal parts mystery, love story, and an allegory about the power of hope and belief"
–Joe Donahue, The Roundtable