NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel.

Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom’s “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom’s best-selling “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” which came out in 2003.

mitch albom Mitch Albom Announces Sequel To The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Writer Mitch Albom attends the premiere screening of “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” at the Museum of Television and Radio on December 1, 2004 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Bowers/Getty Images)

The new book continues the stories of Eddie the maintenance man and of Annie, the young girl whose life he saves while losing his own. Albom says in a statement Wednesday that readers often asked him what happened to Eddie and Annie. He says the “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” was a “natural” for him to write.

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” was adapted into a 2004 TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

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