Eternal is the culmination of a lifetime of Lisa Scottoline's work. She has been researching the Italian Holocaust since her undergraduate days when she took a yearlong seminar at the University of Pennsylvania led by Philip Roth called "The Literature of the Holocaust." Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco is the brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro is a kindhearted Jewish mathematics prodigy. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart. As antisemitism takes legal root and World War II erupts, they realize Mussolini was only the beginning. The Nazis invade Rome, and with their occupation come new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Eternal is a heartbreaking story of both the best and the worst that the world has to offer.
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in 35 countries. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.