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Mitch Albom

The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel (Editor's pick)

The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel (Editor's pick)

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Step into a world where the boundaries of faith and reality blur in Mitch Albom's gripping novel, "The Stranger in the Lifeboat."

What if a stranger, pulled from the depths of the ocean, claimed to be nothing less than the Lord Himself? Albom's masterful storytelling invites you to grapple with this astonishing premise.

When a group of shipwreck survivors finds themselves adrift on a raft after a cataclysmic explosion, hope dwindles as their supplies wane. But salvation takes an unexpected turn when an enigmatic figure emerges from the waves, asserting his divine identity. Their only path to rescue hinges on their unwavering belief in his claim.

Intrigue and skepticism intermingle as passengers react to this miraculous presence. Albom's narrative takes a tantalizing twist when the stranger's whispered words—"I am the Lord"—launch a series of enigmatic events that will keep you enthralled until the final page.

Known for his exploration of the afterlife in bestsellers like "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," Albom now delves into questions of belief, identity, and the resilience of the human spirit. Through the eyes of survivor Benji, the story unfolds within the pages of a discovered notebook, shedding light on a year-old mystery that washes up on the shores of Montserrat.

As Inspector Jarty LeFleur navigates the task of unraveling these revelations, his own struggles mirror the passengers' extraordinary encounter. "The Stranger in the Lifeboat" is an enthralling tapestry of uncertainty and revelation, inviting you to contemplate the profound depths of conviction.

Prepare to be captivated by a torrent of revelations that defy conventional understanding. Albom's eloquent prose seamlessly guides you through a narrative that challenges your beliefs and perceptions, leaving you questioning the extraordinary within the ordinary.

For seekers of thought-provoking fiction that pushes the boundaries of imagination, "The Stranger in the Lifeboat" is an irresistible invitation to explore the intersections of faith, humanity, and the extraordinary. Dive into this captivating journey where divine intervention intertwines with the fabric of reality, and let Albom's narrative mastery take you on a transformative exploration.

A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.


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Editorial Reviews

“Think of Mitch Albom as the Babe Ruth of popular literature, hitting the ball out of the park every time he’s at bat.” — Time

“Albom allows meaning, whether his own or the reader’s, to emerge with a quiet, confident grace.” — Publishers Weekly

“A fearless explorer of the wishful and magical.” — James McBride, author of The Color of Water

“Albom has the ability to make you cry in spite of yourself.” — Boston Globe

“Albom’s gift for plucking heartstrings and finding meaning in life, which has endeared him to millions, is on full display.” — Booklist

“He writes like a literary Spielberg: with great impact and emotion, and without being afraid of pathos.” — Brigitte (Germany)

“Mitch Albom sees the magical in the ordinary.” — Cecilia Ahern , author of PS, I Love You

About the Author

Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, which have collectively sold more than forty million copies in forty-seven languages worldwide. He has written seven number-one New York Times bestsellers – includingTuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years – award-winning TV films, stage plays, screenplays, a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and a musical. Through his work at the Detroit Free Press, he was inducted into both the National Sports Media Association and Michigan Sports halls of fame and is the recipient of the 2010 Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement. After bestselling memoirFinding Chika and “Human Touch,” the weekly serial written and published online in real-time to raise funds for pandemic relief, his latest work is a return to fiction withThe Stranger in the Lifeboat(Harper, November 2021). He founded and oversees SAY Detroit, a consortium of nine different charitable operations in his hometown, including a nonprofit dessert shop and food product line to fund programs for Detroit’s most underserved citizens. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which he visits monthly. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan. Learn more at,, and

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