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by Peter Hamill

Forever is a historical fiction which tells the story of a young Irish man, Cormac O’Connor, who moves to New York in 1740 and is granted immortality. Through his eyes, we see Manhattan grow and modernize from the days of slavery to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Cormac’s story is one of tragedy, violence, revenge and love. As he bears witness to highs and lows of New York City and its inhabitants, he must also come to terms with the fragility of those he cares for and the meaning of life to someone who cannot die. Forever’s author, Peter Hamill, has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Post and the Daily News. In his novel, he provides an insightful and exciting narrative of his city, riddled with conspiracy, revolution and rejoice.

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Submitted by twelsch on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 11:42am.
You should check out Hamill's earlier novel, Snow in August. I thought it was even better. His memoir, A Drinking Life, is also worth reading.
Submitted by bkhan on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 12:04pm.
The Discovery of Chocolate, by James Runcie, also explores the theme of immortality. Diego de Godoy, a Castilian adventurer in the time of Montezuma, travels to Mexico where the Aztecs employ cacao beans as their monetary currency. At the same time, this currency is destroyed to provide cacahuatl, a precious ingredient in cooking and as a beverage. Diego gains immortality by drinking a spicy chocolate potion concocted by his Aztec lover, Ignacia, and spends the next five hundred years searching place and time for his two passions, chocolate and Ignacia. Pair this with several of Queen's songs, such as Who Wants to Live Forever?