All We Know of Heaven: A Novel

Kobo ebook | May 5, 2009

byJacquelyn Mitchard

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Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

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Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The g...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 5, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006185865X

ISBN - 13:9780061858659

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Interesting Look at Grief and Loss Mitchard's novel wasn't what I expected when I started reading, but she pleasantly surprised me. She writes beautifully about grief and tragedy, and the hope that is found somewhere in the middle of all of that. All We Know of Heaven deals with a truly unique circumstance. When two best friends are involved in a gruesome car accident the are mistaken for each other in hospital. I found myself wondering how I would feel if I found out the young woman I thought was dead was in fact alive and in hospital. Mitchard also includes the perspective of a family who found out their daughter was not in a coma, she was buried weeks prior as someone else. Her depiction of the family's grief is sad, but realistic. She isn't afraid to show the anger a family in such circumstances would feel. Yet, through the entire story, the reader is cheering Maureen on. Her recovery reminds the reader there is always hope. She overcomes a great many physical challenges and matures into an inspiring young woman. Yet Mitchard still understands Maureen's concerns like she is still in high school herself. I was rooting for Maureen and Danny from the start! Mitchard ties all of the grieving individuals together in a unique and understated way. She is in no rush to wrap up their grief journey, and Mitchard seems to understand that you can never get over the loss of someone you love. Her final chapter is simple, but beautifully written.
Date published: 2009-06-25