The Immortalists

The Immortalists

eBook - 2018
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"This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt." -People Magazine (Book of the Week) "A sprawling, enchanting family saga." -Entertainment Weekly (The Must List) A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a "great new talent." 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. A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780735213197


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JeffcoBooks Jun 15, 2020

In 1969, the Gold children - four adolescents on the verge of adulthood - visit a traveling psychic who predicts when each will die. The children's lives are forever transformed as this insight informs the next five decades of their lives in this sweeping, powerful and heartfelt story of familial... Read More »

Number of Lists -- 2 (LibraryReads, Entertainment Weekly). Entertainment Weekly says this of "The Immortalists", "a sweeping family saga touched by the spooky, fateful brushstroke of magical realism."

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Jul 21, 2020

Surprised this has so many great reviews considering it just couldn't grab me which was disappointing. Though there is potential for a great story line, the style of writing deterred me from wanting to finish this novel. After giving a fair chance, I decided to return with hopes that someone else will enjoy it more than I will.

Apr 27, 2020

Interesting idea for a story. I enjoyed the different perspectives and representations of each character.

Mar 02, 2020

A well written story about how four children grew up altered by their fortunes foretold.

CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

In her second novel, Chloe Benjamin has crafted a thought- provoking masterpiece which will have readers questioning every character's path. Though there is some graphic content early in the book, this would be an intriguing choice for open-minded book groups interested in tackling philosophical questions about life choices, destiny, and what happens after we die.

Nov 27, 2019

Fantastic! Thought-provoking. This book was a real page-turner which I find to be a rarity. So well researched! You never doubted for a minute the verisimilitude of the story. Looking forward to reading more from this young woman. ☺

Oct 31, 2019

ugghhh.... a great concept and story-line wasted by a frustrating style and underdeveloped characters. Not sure how this received such positive reviews - was sadly let down.

Sep 14, 2019

Interesting concept. Quick read

Aug 23, 2019

This was a fantastic read. I felt the characters were well developed and relatable and there were many valuable questions being asked throughout the course of this novel. I would highly suggest this for book clubs as there is so much to unpack within these pages. Benjamin explores sexual identity, mental health, and even religion in a meaningful way.

Aug 16, 2019

While this is a well written book with compelling characters, the strength of this book lies in the complicated relationships among siblings, particularly among the four siblings in this book. They are close in thought while distant in geography and action. Regret about behavior among siblings, a prominent theme in this book, is very common but usually dwarfed by vast literature regarding spouses and parent-child relationships. We spend our most sensitive and formative years with our siblings and then must separate and lead individual lives. It seems a lot simpler among primates and other animal species than among humans.

Jul 24, 2019

"The power of words. They weaseled under door crevices and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations."

I was totally engrossed in this read and loved Chloe's writing. Check out my full review on Goodreads here:

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