New Fiction: The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom

Harper is happy to be publishing Mitch Albom’s new novel–an allegory about faith that seems destined for the top of the bestseller list. In fact, Publishers Weekly gives it a starred review calling it, “Another winner from Albom; this book just about shouts ‘Give me for a holiday gift.’” Our idea exactly. 🙂

Albom has a nose for ‘thin places’: places where the boundary between secular and sacred is porous, and ultimate meaning is easier to encounter. In his new novel, Coldwater, Mich., is this thin place, a town where people who have lost loved ones begin receiving phone calls from the dead in heaven….Coldwater becomes a media hotspot as well as battleground for religious and antireligious zealots, all awaiting the revelation they expect. A historical thread—popping into the narrative like a change-up in baseball—deals with Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone and how the instrument came to be the premier human connector. This brisk, page-turner of a story climaxes at Christmas.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain


Below is a snippet from a series of interviews Albom did in the Harper offices.

You’ll find the whole series posted on Harper’s terrific library blog, Library Love Fest—one of the liveliest and most informative book blogs I know. It covers new books, backlist and books you won’t hear about till next year. (Pssst…Check out of the preview of Bird Box by Josh Malerman coming on our summer list. Smart, stylish, scary. It’s one of my favorite S14 books. And Library Love Fest told you first. :-))

The First Phone Call from Heaven (9780062294371) by Mitch Albom. $24.99 hardcover. 11/12/13 one day laydown.

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