The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


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Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.
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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 exceptional 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.

About Mitch Albom

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Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1979 with a degree in sociology and earned his Master's degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City. Albom is a best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Oprah Winfrey produced a major television movie for ABC based on Tuesdays with Morrie that aired in 1999 and won four Emmy Awards in 2000. The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day were also turned into popular ABC television movies. Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the sports editors of America. During his storied career, he has received more than 100 writing awards from AP, UPI, Headliners Club, and National Sportswriters and Broadcasters Associations, as well as had his work appear in numerous publications, such as Sports Illustrated, GQ, Sport, The New York Times, TV Guide, and USA Today. Albom hosts two radio talk shows for ABC. He broadcasts from WJR-AM in Detroit The Mitch Albom Show and The Mitch Albom Show on the Weekend. The Monday Sports Albom, a sports interview program, has hosted guests from President Gerald Ford to Wayne Gretzky to Dennis Rodman. Albom is a panelist on ESPN's Sports Reporters and a regular contributing commentator to that network. Albom has also twice served as a network Olympic commentator, for ABC's Good Morning, America during the Atlanta Games and for the CBS Early Show from the Games in Sydney, Australia. Albom is an accomplished songwriter, lyricist, screenwriter, and playwright. He has founded two charities in the metropolitan Detroit area. The Dream Fund, which Albom founded in 1989, allows disadvantaged children to become involved with the arts and A Time to Help, founded in 1998, brings volunteers together once a month to tackle various projects in Detroit, including staffing shelters, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and operating meals on wheels programs for the elderly. Albom serves on the boards of various charities, including CATCH (Caring Athletes Team for Children's and Henry Ford Hospitals), Forgotten Harvest, and Michigan Hospice Organization. In 1999 he was named National Hospice Organization's Man of the Year.
Published September 4, 2012 by Hachette Books. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Other, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Sep 23 2012
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Publishers Weekly

Sep 24 2012

Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike.

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Reviewed by Jamie Kelm on Nov 02 2012

This book will motivate you to seize every moment because you never know when your time will end.

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Book Reporter

Sep 06 2012

Albom has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing about matters of faith, mortality and the afterlife in ways that resonate with readers.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Thom Geier on Oct 05 2012

Each short chapter is broken up with bold-type subheadings, letting readers skim the already thin narrative ever more quickly, in outline form. Think of all those precious moments saved!

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Huffington Post

Reviewed by Jason Miller on Sep 10 2012

Rather than preach to us that we should end our futile preoccupation with time, Albom constructs a wonderful fantasy with characters both human and mythical to drive that point home.

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Look At OKC

Reviewed by Mary McReynolds on Sep 16 2012

Haste the day and enjoy this new little fable for what it's worth — a few moments of your reading time.

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Deseret News

Reviewed by Margot Hovley on Sep 15 2012

Once again, Albom takes a simple concept and creates a story that show a new aspect of it to ponder. There's a bit of sadness, a bit of thoughtfulness, and an ending that changes the common notions of time and how it is spent.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on Sep 11 2012

Time is precious. The good news is that readers can save themselves tens of valuable minutes by skipping this novel.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Reviewed by Cindy Conger on Sep 12 2012

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

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The New Zealand Herald

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Reviewed by David Hill on Oct 05 2012

Undemanding, blandly comforting, self-indulgent, ultimately not terribly satisfying.

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Reviewed by LANCE TYLER RODGERS on Dec 03 2012

...I found the book rather refreshing through Albom’s writing style and the modernized theme of Carpe Diem.

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The Dartmouth

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Reviewed by Shannon Draucker on Sep 25 2012

While Albom’s “carpe diem” message is abundantly clear, readers are left wondering why Albom even attempted to join the ranks of those... who have written true classics about humans’ relationship to time.

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