A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2018, Booklist Editors’ Choice Book (January 2019), and Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018
What would it really mean to live forever?
Rachel’s current troubles—a middle-aged son mining digital currency in her basement, a scientist granddaughter trying to peek into her genes—are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, hundreds of children, and 2,000 years, going back to Roman-occupied Jerusalem. 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.
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This was a quite solid, quite engaging book. It took only took me two sittings to read it, but several more to contemplate the themes.
There is a lot of time jumping, which is confusing for many, but in my case, it helped add to the sense of blended time that Rachel experiences in her own life. It was really refreshing to read a story about someone who, despite the trials they face, still believes deeply in their heart that there is a God— regardless of whether or not they have a good relationship with Him.
This is also the first time that I have read a piece of literature that so heavily involved themes of Judaism and the history of the Jews. It was lovely, artful, and a very good experience.