Although I heart Harry Potter, (more on him some time soon) Anne was with me through college and grad school, and later when I taught AP English literature. She was the one who made me appreciate writing as a craft and not just something that people did so I could be amused or educated. Anne is most known for her Vampire Chronicles, a series of books whose lead character Lestat is both antogonist and protagnoist. We love and hate him. He is feared and adored. Anne's ability to make us actually "see" her world and believe is part of her talent. But what makes her series so lasting (pun intended) is her ability to make us ponder eternal life. Lestat, Louis and all of the other vampires continually bemoan the fact that they must live forever. This along with the fact that most don't seem so ready to walk into the sun and give it up either.
The series is violent, beautiful and thought-provoking. Anne says of the works,
The major theme of the novel is the misery of this character because he cannot find redemption and does not have the strength to end the evil of which he knows himself to be a part. This book reflects for me a protest against the post World War II nihilism to which I was exposed in college from 1960 through 1972. It is an expression of grief for a lost religious heritage that seemed at that time beyond recovery.
What better character to delve into the question of eternal life than one that seems to be cursed into that existence, a vampire? These books are certainly not for everyone, but if you have the time and the stomach for it, start with Interview With The Vampire, and then see what you think.