Eternal Life: A Novel

Dara Horn
What would it really mean to live forever?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.


Reviewed: 2018-07-30

What an interesting premise: a vow made to God that you would give up your death to save a loved one's life. This book swings between Jerusalem during Roman occupation and modern day New York. Two thousand years of living and burning in order to start again. It's a really interesting premise. And Horn deciding to focus on the two families Rachel has, with mentions of other children and grandchildren, helps to focus the story, but it also gives the reader a greater sense of family. 

It's a beautiful book, the detail of Roman occupied Jerusalem is perfect. I have to admit that at times it wasn't an easy book to read. I've always thought too much about the future, and worried about life after beloved family members deaths and in reading this book I had those hated fearful stabbings in my heart. I had to put the book down until those stabbings subsided. 

It's an interesting book on love, lost love and the power of starting over. I definitely recommend this book.

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