The Time Keeper


From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper-a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom's newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world-now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began-and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so. Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.  

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Mitch introduces The Time Keeper

Praise for Mitch Albom & The Time Keeper

A "new fabulist page-turner...With a clever conceit and frequent shifts in perspective, Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike." -Publishers Weekly

"Think of Mitch Albom as the Babe Ruth of popular literature, hitting the ball out of the park every time he's at bat."  -TIME magazine

"Mitch Albom sees the magical in the ordinary."  -Cecelia Ahern, bestselling author of PS, I Love You

"A fearless explorer of the wishful and magical."  -James McBride, author of The Color of Water

"There's comfort in Albom's unwavering conviction that our lives have meaning."  -People magazine

"A writer with soul."  -Los Angeles Times

"Cleverly constructed fable" and "heartrending morality play reminiscent of both A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life" --Booklist

"A wonderful fantasy with characters both human and mythical" --Rabbi Jason Miller, Huffington Post

"A compelling and uplifting moral tale...will inspire and satisdy readers in search of a more meditative approach to life in a fast-paced yet wonderful world." --Irish Independent

"A story that weaves together religion, philosophy and common sense like classic fables that readers may remember from childhood and reminds people how to try to live each day."

"Once again, Albom gets to the heart of a topic that touches us all. Take time to read this book" --Lincoln Journal Star

"This is an unforgettable story, poignant, inspirational and beautifully written. Splendid" — Image magazine

"This exquisitely wrought story has all the magic of a fairytale, but at its core are searching questions about the meaning of life and death, and time... How these three [characters] come together is beautifully conceived, by a writer whose prose is itself perfectly measured." --Good Book Guide (UK)

Writing The Time Keeper

Deep into the writing of The Time Keeper, Mitch posted a weekly podcast for three Wednesdays in January. Inside his office--the cave--he brings us into the writing process and shares some early details from his new book.

Listen to the Cave Podcast Below

The Cave Podcast

  1. Live From the Cave, Episode 1

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  2. Live From the Cave, Episode 2

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  3. Live From the Cave, Episode 3

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Time Keeper Playlist

Songs that remind me of the book

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