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The history of living forever / Jake Wolff.

Wolff, Jake, 1983- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library WOL (Text) 33500013080411 New Available -
Barnesville Public Library WOL (Text) 33500013080429 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374170660
  • ISBN: 0374170665
  • Physical Description: x, 362 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "After the death of his favorite teacher--and secret lover--a young misfit with a deep interest in chemistry is launched into a search for an elixir of life started by his professor"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* As long as humans have been alive, we've been obsessed with not dying. In his first novel, Wolff riffs on immortality in a fresh, engrossing tale with a zany cast of characters. On the first day of his senior year, Conrad Aybinder learns that his chemistry teacher and first lover, Sammy Tampari, has killed himself. His unexpected suicide reveals an increasingly convoluted set of circumstances involving Sammy's former lovers—not to mention science whizzes, coin collectors, and drug dealers—all in the hunt for the Elixir of Life. Skipping from ancient China to present-day Maine to a future New York City, Wolff's kaleidoscopic novel tracks Conrad's desperate attempt to puzzle together Sammy's cryptic clues for the ultimate panacea. A 16-year-old science genius, Conrad is a relatable protagonist caught in the confusion, vulnerability, and turmoil of adolescence. Having lost his mother years earlier, and with an unlovable, sick father at death's door, Conrad reminds us that life so rarely becomes clearer with age. Wolff's wild, hilarious, and moving adventure is rooted in reason and the tough truths of life: how easy it is to hurt the ones we love; that forgetting is easier than forgiving; and that life (with an elixir or not) is never long enough. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jake Wolff was born and raised in Maine. He received an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. His stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Tin House, One Story, and American Short Fiction. He lives in Orlando, Florida, where he is an assistant professor of English at the University of Central Florida. The History of Living Forever is his first novel.

Subject: Teenagers > Fiction.
Teachers > Death > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.

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