Eternal Life

Eternal Life

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780393608540
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jul 05, 2019

Disappointing in that the book could have been much much more. For someone immortal Rachel's life has two events, now and the Roman period of Jewish life. The potential of writing about the life of a single woman through the last two thousand years could have been very rich and informative. As it is the last chapter is very disappointing. She is very sad and wants to die; then she goes through a renewal serves in the Israel army, finds another man, has another baby and all is good again. What!!! What is the foundation and cause for all this renewal and all this change. The end challenges the entire premise of the book and as such disappointed me. A more consistent and thoughtful work on this premise is "All men are mortal" by Simone de Beauvoir. She consistently thoughtfully deals with the premise that enteral life could actually be boring.

Feb 26, 2019

loved it!!!!! now i'm reading all her other books.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

Rachel and Elazar have been tied together for two thousand years, bound by a curse that gave them eternal life. At turns funny and bittersweet, written beautifully, with a significant historical perspective, this novel is absolutely brilliant, and a true treat to experience.

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