Eternal Life: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): HORN, DARA
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Jewish
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can't die. Her recent troubles-widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son-are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she's tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

But as the twenty-first century begins and her children and grandchildren-consumed with immortality in their own ways, from the frontiers of digital currency to genetic engineering-develop new technologies that could change her fate and theirs, Rachel knows she must find a way out.

Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.

Review Quote*The chilling pathos of Dara Horn's Eternal Life is bound to turn every mortal reader into a philosopher of cosmic joy. - Cynthia Ozick, author of Foreign Bodies

Eternal Life takes the psychological novel to places I've never seen before…Riveting, startling, hilarious, and sad-I've never read anything like it. - Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

In Eternal Life, the familiar account of the joys and sorrows of motherhood turns strange and mythical. Wisdom literature is a rare thing, and even rarer when it arrives, as it does here, in a story so passionate and playful. - Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party

An elegant musing on sacredness, history, and purpose that is, at the same time, a deliciously romantic, highly suspenseful page-turner. - Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord

Both heady time travel and a thoughtful meditation on the meaning of life; highly recommended.  - Library Journal (starred review)

A fresh exploration of memory and the future…Poignant and thoughtful. - Kirkus Reviews

Funny and compassionate. - Publishers Weekly
Biographical NoteDara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta's Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.