Eternal Life (Large Print / Library Binding)
Rachel is a mother living in first century Jerusalem, who makes a pact with God in order for her son to recover from an illness: if he lives she will not be able to die. The story from there moves back and forth between her life in ancient Jerusalem and present day America, where she is an elderly widow dealing with her youngest son's failures. Horn has written a great meditation on the meaning of death and life, family, faith, and parenthood. An impressive and Entertaining book.— Wayne
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 is a woman with a problem. 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 bargain to save the life of her first son in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she's tried everything to free herself -- and only one other person in the world understands.