Time, in heaven, is nothing like it is on earth. A millennium can pass in the blink of an eye. But not all people who go to heaven are ready to give up their earthly understanding of time. Nor are they ready to give up their pets, their dear routines, the loved ones they've left behind. And that is why God has created for them a special place, a stopover on the way to the universe, where they may keep half a heart in heaven and half a heart on earth, until they are ready to move on. The place where they wait is called The Heavenly Village. In this illuminating, wise, and beautifully written novel, Cynthia Rylant reminds us that life itself is an extraordinary gift, and that those we love are never really far away.