The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

" The premise alone makes Benjamin's novel an absolute winner: in 1969, four sibling visit a fortune teller who tells each child the date of their death.  Over the next four decades, we follow the Gold siblings both separately and together, and see how these revelations affect their choices, their behavior, and their relationships with each other.  Apart from raising the obvious question (would YOU want to know the date of your death?), Benjamin brilliantly explores how family members can be both close to and distant from each other, and ponders the point where our actions stop mattering and fate takes over.  I loved, loved, LOVED this book ."  - Recommended by Erika

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213180
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

 

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes.

 

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.