Coming years after the applaud laden success of his beloved novel, 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven, author Mitch Albom now returns to the best seller charts with 'The Five People You Meet In Hell' (Important Note- This is not a sequel- very much not so.)
In the first book 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven', an amusement park maintenance man dies unexpectedly trying to save a young girl's life and upon reaching the other side meets individuals with whom he had life changing experiences while he was still on earth. These meetings allow him to view his life in a wider dimension than before and to see his life from a spiritual perspective.
Similar in structure and title only to the original book, 'The Five People You Meet In Hell' follows the story of an American everyman who dies and meets people in the afterlife that he had known before, but with not-so-uplifting circumstances. The characters he meets again are ones that we as readers can readily identify with:
The lawyer who represented you in court and took a bribe to set you up so you went to prison. He then fooled around with your wife while you were locked up, lived off your savings account, cashed in your bonds and wrecked your car.
The nun in school who had it out for you because you were always harassing the girls in your Junior High class, belittled you mercilessly and wrote in excruciatingly fine detail your failings in the school records that to this day still prevent you from getting a good job.
The ex-girl friend who you broke up with and she never got over it, stalking you until you had to get a restraining order on her because of the sexually explicit (and true) graffiti she would write on the outside of your apartment in large, bold letters.
The neighborhood kid who was smarter than you as a child and would sneak over to your yard and set booby traps like a covered hole filled with paint that you would fall into or a trip wire attached to a bag full of doggy doo that would fall out of a tree and whap you.
The landlord who would never fix your hot water heater or the leaks in your roof because he despised you and had his rock and roller son in law move in downstairs where he and his trash metal band would serenade you at 2 in the morning.
And they are all waiting to greet you when you die.