Eternal Life (Paperback)

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Would you want to live forever?  After reading this book, you may want to re-think your answer.  Rachel has lived for 2000 years, and she has experienced hardships over and over again -- failing businesses, widowhood, problems with children.  Now, with the rise of technology, Rachel may have to find a way out of her eternal life.  This is thoughtful, beautifully-written fiction, and I am a big fan of Dara Horn.

— From Marilyn

February 2018 Indie Next List

“Eternal Life is a stunningly moving and lively investigation of mortality. It is also a story of profound love - young love, eternal love, and the love of parents for their children. Rachel, whose inability to die animates the plot, is a strong, willful, and complex woman. Dara Horn, whom I have long admired, infuses the book with her profound knowledge of Judaism, without ever becoming dull or didactic. This is an ode to the joys, sorrows, and brevity of existence as seen through the improbable lens of eternal life - and it made me cry! Highly recommended.”
— Lilla Weinberger, Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA


Rachel's current troubles--a middle-aged son mining digital currency in her basement, a scientist granddaughter trying to peek into her genes--are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, hundreds of children, and 2,000 years, going back to Roman-occupied Jerusalem. Only one person shares her immortality: an illicit lover who pursues her through the ages. But when her children develop technologies that could change her fate, Rachel must find a way out. From ancient religion to the scientific frontier, Dara Horn pits our efforts to make life last against the deeper challenge of making life worth living.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393356564
ISBN-10: 0393356566
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English