7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

DATE:  Thursday, February 8th

TIME: 7:00PM

Open Book Bookstore, Elkins Park, PA

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Dara Horn

Meet author Dara Horn at Open Book Bookstore for a reading, Q&A, conversation, and book signing.

Dara Horn’s new novel, Eternal Life, is already getting great reviews. It’s been called poignant, thoughtful, funny, and compassionate. In The Washington Post, reviewer Ron Charles said: “I have been in love with Horn’s work since her first gorgeous novel appeared in 2002…(This book) simmers with Horn’s signature blend of tragedy and spirituality.”

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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.


Dara Horn was born in New Jersey in 1977 and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. In 2007 she was chosen by Granta magazine as one of 20 “Best Young American Novelists.”

Here are just a few of the prizes her books have won:

  • Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a National Jewish Book Award;
  • Her second novel, The World to Come, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, was selected as an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been translated into eleven languages.
  • Her third novel, All Other Nights, published in 2009, was selected as an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and was one of Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade.
  • Her fourth novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in September 2013, and was selected as one of Booklist‘s Best Books of 2013 and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Dara Horn has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Sarah Lawrence College and City University of New York, and was a Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Harvard, where she taught Yiddish and Hebrew literature. She has lectured at over two hundred universities and cultural institutions throughout North America, in Israel and in Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

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