The Time Keeper

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The Time Keeper
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AuthorMitch Albom
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (American English)
GenreInspirational fiction
Publication date
September 4, 2012
Media typePrint (Hardcover)[1][2][3]
Pages240 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN1-401-32278-6 (first edition, hardcover)

The Time Keeper is a work of inspirational fiction by author Mitch Albom.


Dor, the central character, invents the first clock. Punished for trying to measure time, Dor is banished to a cave for thousands of years. Dor becomes Father Time and has to listen to every person who laments about not having enough time. Eventually, Dor has a chance to redeem himself and regain his freedom. He must help two diametrically different people understand the value of time management. One is a teenage girl named Sarah Lemon, who has decided to commit suicide after her parents divorce and the boy she likes, whom she believed to have loved her, begins flirting with her but then rejects and humiliates her.

The other person is a wealthy elderly businessman, Victor Delamonte. Victor is terminally ill with cancer and wishes to cheat death through cryogenic freezing. Knowing that his wife will disapprove, he chooses not to tell her.

Dor changes their fates by stopping time and showing them their futures, in which Sarah's mother is grieving her death, and the businessman Victor fails in his plan of freezing himself and is 'reborn' in the future. Both Sarah and Victor reconsider their plans, and Dor and his dying wife, Alli rekindle their broken relationship.[4]


Rabbi Jason Miller said of the book, "Time is on our wrists and computer screens, on our cell phones and on the walls of our home, but Mitch Albom teaches us that being a time keeper is not the way to live."[5] A review in Publishers Weekly said, "Albom deftly juggles multiple narratives to craft an inspiring tale that will please his fans and newcomers alike."[6] A review on the website said, "Albom has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing about matters of faith, mortality and the afterlife in ways that resonate with readers. In The Time Keeper, he does the same thing in a story that also reminds people how to try to live each day."[7] A reviewer for the Deseret News online also praised the work. She wrote, "Mitch Albom . . . returns to fiction with a unique and inspiring new book titled The Time Keeper."[8]


The hardcover edition was released on September 4, 2012.


  1. ^ Also released as Kindle Edition, a Barnes & Noble Nook book, as a paperback edition and as various audio and CD editions.
  2. ^ website, at
  3. ^ Barnes & Noble website, at .
  4. ^ "Summary". The Time Keeper. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  5. ^ Rabbi Jason Miller, "Mitch Albom's 'The Time Keeper' Offers Wisdom for Days of Awe," in the Huffington Post website, at .
  6. ^ "The Time Keeper," in the Publishers Weekly website, at .
  7. ^ Norah Piehl, "The Time Keeper," in the website, at .
  8. ^ Margot Hovley, "Book review: Mitch Albom's 'The Time Keeper' unique and inspiring," in Deseret news online, at .