Dara Horn - Eternal Life
In her fifth novel, Horn, a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, draws on Jewish history and mysticism for a powerful and moving exploration of what it would mean to be immortal. The narrative unfolds over 2,000 years. Horn follows Rachel from Roman-occupied Jerusalem, where she and her first love, Elazar, make a fateful bargain to save their son by sacrificing their own deaths, to 2018, when everyone but Rachel looks to technology to make death obsolete. In the intervening millennia, Rachel marries and is widowed dozens of times and bears and loses too many children to count. She sees the world change and change again. It wears her out. Like a chronic insomniac desperate for rest, Rachel compulsively, endlessly, relives the key moments of her life and struggles to understand what living is for.