Jessica, Preston | October 1, 2020
If you were offered the chance to live forever, would you take it?
In The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, one of this month’s most exciting new releases, the title character sells her soul for everlasting life … and must live with the consequences. Addie LaRue isn’t content with her sheltered life in rural 1700s France. She wants to live forever, unburdened by the yoke of belonging to another person. In a moment of desperation, she makes a deal with the devil: In exchange for immortality, the devil can have her soul when she doesn’t want it anymore. It’s only later that she realizes there’s a catch: Nobody can remember Addie once she is out of sight. For three hundred years she travels the world alone, remembered only by the dark spirit dogging her steps in the hopes of wearing down her resolve and winning her soul. She sustains herself by making a mark on the world the only way she can: by inspiring great works of art (even though the artists never remember their muse the next day).
Then, in 2014, she shoplifts from a New York City bookshop ... and the shop clerk remembers her.
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Addie LaRue is just the latest in a long line of literary immortals. If you want further reading about how immortality is a terrible idea, check out these other items available from Idea Exchange. We particularly recommend the following:
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (2017): Tom Hazard, born in Elizabethan England, attempts to forge a meaningful life in the present day while reminiscing about his early years and struggling against a shadowy organization of nefarious immortals.
The Age of Adaline (2015): A hundred years after a freak accident stopped her aging, Adaline Bowman falls in love just as her past catches up with her. Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, and Michiel Huisman.
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (2010): After centuries of debauchery, Nastasya enters a rehab facility for immortals who want to live a better life. Unfortunately for Nastasya, one of the other residents happens to be her (im)mortal enemy.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975): In this classic children’s book, a young girl befriends a family of immortals and has to decide whether or not to become immortal herself.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890): In this, the grand-daddy of the immortal fiction, Dorian Gray sells his soul for eternal youth, so that with every sin he commits his portrait ages instead of him. Things don’t go well.