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“A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review
“This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Immortalists was a perfect book to bring on vacation. It’s the story of four siblings whose lives veer in wildly different directions after a close-knit childhood spent in a small New York City apartment, and it’s riveting from start to finish. Chloe Benjamin fully immerses us in each of her characters’ experiences, dropping us into the seedy glamour of a San Francisco nightclub, the hardscrabble world of professional magicians, and a state-of-the-art lab specializing in anti-aging research using primates. Bursting with color and heartache, Benjamin’s novel celebrates the messiness of life.
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The Strangest Book I’ve Read All Year
If the reader’s desire is to read something unlike anything else, with rich characters in bazaar life-scenarios, this is a very well written and intriguing read. The characters are complex, and all seem to have been tragically scarred by the words of a gypsy fortune teller they visit as young siblings. The dysfunction each character exhibits is much greater than the fateful prophecy portents, and I wanted something else to justify the downward spiral of each sibling. I did consider not finishing it at times, but stuck with it to see how characters would resolve their trauma. Very unusual settings, scenarios and outcome. If you want something cheerful and uplifting this is not that. But again, well written and developed. Just very very strange.
Interesting premise but for me it started off captivating...as the book continued after the three siblings met their fate it became more and more boring and couldn’t wait to finish...
This story was insanely captivating. It was dark but ultimately left me happy to have gained such powerful insight. I can’t stop thinking about this book, and I think The Immortalists will be moving high on my list of favorites.