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The Immortalists

The Immortalists

"Books very rarely make me cry, and when they do it's usually just a small welling of tears. The Immmortalists left me sobbing at my kitchen table at 1 o'clock in the morning.

This book deals with large questions about life and death; love, loneliness, and loss; past, present, and future. But for a book dealing with such large question—and whose premise relies on a sort of magic—The Immortalists is surprisingly intimate and realistic. The characters are messy and complicated—at turns lovable, and entirely unlikable. Chloe Benjamin balances these contradictions with seemingly effortless grace."

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Author Chloe Benjamin
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date 2018-01-09
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Read D.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780735213180

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.

Their 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, hoping to control fate; 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.

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