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The History of Living Forever

A Novel

by Jake Wolff

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The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff
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    Jun 2019, 384 pages

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In this thrilling debut novel, a man reflects on his teenage quest to find the elixir of life and touch the unknowable parts of life and death.

Conrad is a boy in love for the first time. His mother is dead; his father is a dying alcoholic. But things are finally looking up when a summer science project with his dreamy teacher Sammy turns into much more. His newfound happiness is short-lived, however, when Sammy is found dead of an apparent suicide. The student is left with a box of his teacher's notebooks pointing him toward the quest for an elixir of life, which might save his father's life. More than the notebooks, Conrad is left with questions: why would Sammy kill himself? Why do all the people he cares about die? What if the elixir of life works?

Much of the novel revolves around Conrad trying to pick up the pieces after his lover (and high school chemistry teacher) dies. The protagonist tells his story from decades in the future, acknowledging that the people in his adult life see the relationship as exploitative and ...

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