An audacious novel set in near-future America, from the critically-acclaimed author of SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA.
When Adela discovers she has a terminal illness, her thoughts turn to Tereza, the American-raised daughter she gave up at birth. Leaving behind her moody, grown son, Roman in their native Czech village, she flies to the United States to find the long-lost daughter who never knew her.
In New York City, Tereza is working as the star researcher for two suspicious biotech moguls hellbent on developing a 'god pill' to extend human life indefinitely. But before Tereza can find a cure for Adela, her mother dies mysteriously.
Narrated from the beyond by Adela, A Brief History of Living Foreveris a high-wire act of storytelling. By turns insightful, moving and funny, the novel blends an immigrant mother's heartbreaking journey through the American dream with her children's quest to reclaim her from a country that would erase any record of her existence.
A superb debut - Sam Kitchener, Literary Review on SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA
A frenetically imaginative first effort, booming with vitality and originality . . . Kalfar's voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks . . . He has such a lively mind and so many ideas to explore . . . Kalfar has an exhilarating flair for imagery . . . He writes boisterously and mordantly. - Jennifer Senior, New York Times on SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA
[An] excellent debut . . . This book could mark the launch of an astronomical career. - James Marriott, The Times on SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA
Dizzyingly inventive, alternately lyrical, earthy, silly and sad - Kathryn Murphy, TLS on SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA
Jaroslav Kalfar was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic, and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen, speaking little to no English at that time but learning it by watching Cartoon Network. He graduated from University of Central Florida, where he received Frances R. Lefkowitz Scholarship, the Outstanding Fiction Writer award, and the Founder's Scholar Award for being the top graduate in the College of Arts and Humanities. He earned his M.F.A. at NYU, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and was one of the three nominees for the new NYU E.L. Doctorow Fellowship Award upon graduating. He is twenty-seven years old.