Mitchell David Albom born May 23 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey.After attending high schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, he left for college after his junior year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, majoring in sociology, but stayed true to his dream of a life in music, and upon graduation, he worked for several years as a performer, both in Europe and America.
He eventually returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, followed by an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. During this time, he paid his tuition partly through work as a piano player.
He lives with his wife, Janine, in Detroit, MI.
This books works around a very interesting concept. What would I do if I got a phone call from heaven. If I had a change to speak to people I have lost. Would I, as a non-believer, start to believe? Would I turn it down as a hoax? This book shows all point of views and all are good and believable. There is Sully who has been trough a lot and cannot take the struggle of seeing his little son hurt but hopeful about receiving a call. There is Katherine who believes she is chosen. Tess and Jack who love to have the contact. Elias who gets a total scare and runs of not sure what to believe. All of these people and the way they deal with the situation are believable.
I liked Sully and Tess most. Sully clearly feels he has to make something right with his boy and it is clear he will do anything but is blind for the emotional pain that is bothering him. Seeing him going around like that made me cheer for him though because it was clear he had all the right motivation to do it. Tess stayed grounded during the whole thing. I never really had the feeling she lost it or felt she had to preach to the world about it. Still the whole situation made her see things which made it easier for her to say goodbye to her mother at last.
A great and compelling read that left me with a lot of questions.
The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Harper: Hardcover | audioBook