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Eternal Life

A Novel

February 2019

Dara Horn (Author)


What would it really mean to live forever?

Rachel’s current troubles are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, hundreds of children and 2,000 years. 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.


"The question at the heart of this wise and appealing novel is finally not how Rachel finds meaning in her eternal life. It is how we, despite our portions of sorrow, tedium and disaster, persist in finding meaning in ours." — The New York Times Book Review

"...simmers with Horn’s signature blend of tragedy and spirituality." — The Washington Post

"Rachel speaks with the wisdom of the ancients when she observes that immortality offers no consolation for the death of others. ‘Not dying doesn’t make it better,’ she says of all that sorrow. ‘It only makes it take longer.’" — Sam Sachs, The Wall Street Journal

"A mature, wry, uniquely female take on the problem of immortality." — Chelsea Leu, The Los Angeles Review of Books

"This quirky novel examines the predicament of never being able to die." — The Daily Mail

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140 x 211 mm • 256 pages


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