If yo read Ian Macab then you probably won’t want to read Mitch Albom!
His best known book is Tuesdays With Morrie and this, The Five People You Meet In Heaven is of a similar nature. It looks at life and love and the influences people have on you, mostly influences that you don’t notice at the time, but which events bring home to you.
The biggest influence on so many of us is our mother, and sure enough she is explored here, as well as the old man at the fairground and other characters.
It’s the sort of book that gets its claws into you and tugs away at your heart, leaving you thinking about the important relationships in your life, the ones that maybe you haven’t paid enough attention to, the ones that you ought to acknowledge.
Don’t be surprised if, having read this, you send a letter to someone you haven’t written to in years, to maybe say thank you to them, or to tell them you love them. I did.
It’s a shame that it’s influence on you wanes, but chances are it will carry on as a distant reminder of how it’s worth saying thank you a bit more often.