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Publisher's Summary

From internationally bestselling author Mitch Albom comes Human Touch, a fictional yet ripped-from-the-headlines story about how lives intersect in a small Michigan town amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Human Touch is a story being told in real time, to be published in weekly installments. 

As the COVID-19 virus takes root in America, a once neighborly street corner of four families begins to fray. A tradition of Saturday gatherings unravels into mistrust and distance. Self-protection dominates over kindness. Only eight-year-old Little Moses seems immune to what is happening around him, and continues to spread his own brand of joy and comfort. As people in the neighborhood become sick and begin to self-isolate, he secretly visits them, offering hugs and longed-for physical contact. When his mother reveals a long-held secret about him—that his blood somehow protects him against all illness—Little Moses draws quick attention from several sources, both good and bad. And then he disappears. 

A note from the author: “By making this story available for free to all, I’m hoping to inspire donations to my foundation, SAY Detroit—specifically for a project called ‘Detroit Beats COVID-19’ to help poor families and first responders fight the virus in my hometown of Detroit, which has become one of the nation's hot spots for the outbreak. To find out more, visit humantouchstory.com or saydetroit.org.”

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©2020 Mitch Albom (P)2020

What listeners say about Human Touch: Episode 1

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I’m hooked..

How,humble of you.. Thank youuuuuu.. so grateful for your story and letting us escape from reality ..stay strong..

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Conversations we have all had

What a treat! Thank you, Mitch! Was just listening to another of your books when this came up. I have sent the link to my church and 12 step groups...it’s as though you’ve heard our evolving conversations as the pandemic progresses.

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Not For Me. Especially Now

The last thing I want to listen to are stories about suffering people during the pandemic! What more can I say except I had to stop after just the first episode because my teeth ached and stories about suffering people during the pandemic are the last thing I want to listen to.

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Give it a try

I was skeptical at first but I was able to download the first 4 episodes and listen to them. For 30 minutes each episode, you become engaged in these families and want to see what happens, can they survive the epidemic, will we as a Nation recover.

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Wonderful

I started listening because I only had a few minutes and it was short . . . well, an hour later, after listening to all three episodes, my only regret was that I could keep listening. I can't stop thinking about this story, it's in my head, and I can't seem to get into anything else. Did I mention that it's wonderful?

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Filled with BAD LANGUAGE and not entertaining.

This story is not entertains at all, It is just a story about the Wuhan coronavirus. We certainly don't need that right now! Also, the story is filled with bad language and the author using the Lord's Name in vain which is offensive. It is nice for the author to give the book away for free but it is nothing like his other works.

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Left me wanting more

Thank you for giving us this escape yet also helping us see the perspectives of others.It is a great story. I will have trouble waiting week to week. I wanted to keep reading/listening. Stay safe/stay Strong.

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Comforting

It's the fiction book I've downloaded to Audible as I usually only listen to non-fiction, but I loved it. It was strangely comforting to hear something about others in the same circumstances that's a work of fiction, especially by Mitch Albom as all his books are inspiring and emotive anyway. I think that's why it works - the right author for the right subject. Really well read and I love how the part of Moses is played by a little boy. It's really sweet.