The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?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, ...

Details The Immortalists

TitleThe Immortalists
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews The Immortalists

  • Emily May
    "And what if I change?" It seems impossible that Varya's future is already inside her like an actress just offstage, waiting decades to leave the wings. "Then you'd be special. 'Cause most people don't." 2 1/2 stars. I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Immortalists. Though there were parts I enjoyed, I was left feeling underwhelmed and like I'd recommend many other similar books before recommending this one.You should be aware that this is l...
  • Larry H
    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.If you could know the exact day of your death, would you want to find out? If you did find out, how would knowing that information affect how you lived your life? These questions are at the heart of The Immortalists , Chloe Benjamin's deeply affecting and beautifully written new book.In 1969, growing up on New York's Lower East Side, the Gold siblings learn that there is a traveling fortune teller in their neighborhood wh...
  • Norma
    This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and only two of us were left standing in the Lush Coulee with the rest of the sisters leaving the coulee at or before the first goal of this book. Thank you to Jennifer for reading this one with me, it was a pleasure and I loved the discussion this book brought out.4.5 stars! This was such a memorable and interesting read that had such a unique storyline with a profound and special message within the pages...
  • Esil
    I didn’t love everything about The Immortalists, but I found it powerful in parts, and especially at the end. After giving it some thought, I’m comfortable with a 4 star rating.The book focuses on four siblings. At the beginning, as children and young teens growing up in Manhattan, they visit a fortune teller who tells them separately and secretly the date they will each die. The rest of the book is broken into four parts, each part focusing ...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    See my exclusive interview with Chloe Benjamin about her novel The Immortalists here!“There are two major theories about how to stop aging…”“…It sounds like you’re saying we can choose to live. Or we can choose to survive.”Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is a thoughtfully executed novel written in simple, yet often poetic, prose that allowed the characters’ voices at their most forceful to shine on their own past the narrative...
  • Carol
    3.5 Stars. BEWARE the woman on Hester Street.As the story begins, it's 1969 New York when four bored adolescent siblings....just for a bit of fun....pool their allowances and sneak out to track down a Seer they heard tell about who could predict the date of their death. What they discover changes each life forever. One by one, the individual stories are told, the dates of demise divulged as we follow a young Varya 13, Daniel 11, Klara 9 and Simon...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Live each day as if it were your last, while also not knowing it's your last day. ✨ 4.5 stars rounded up for The ImmortalistsThe Immortalists is a different sort of book. Hard to classify, and while it may not be for everybody, it was an addictive read for me. Four young siblings find out the date of each of their deaths from a gyspsy fortune teller. The reader follows each sibling as "the day" edges near, and the way the stories were arranged ...
  • Karen❄️
    4.5 for this novel centered around 4 siblings in New York. It’s 1969, these Jewish siblings ages 13-7, two boys and two girls, hear on the street that there is a woman in the city who can tell fortunes. They visit her and she sees them one at a time, and tells them the date they will die.So we follow these kids through the years and see how this information changes the way they live and their relationships with their family and others.I really ...
  • Marialyce
    5 stars for a book that makes you think. "Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come."What if you knew the day, the month, the year of your death? Would that make you live a different life? Would you try to compress all of life's experiences, the good, the seedy, and the bad into a short life projection? Would you languish your days kn...
  • Paromjit
    Chloe Benjamin's epic The Immortalists has us considering some of the most fundamental and complex questions about life and how we live it. It is thought provoking as it asks does knowledge of our mortality make us live our life to the utmost or makes us fearful, guilty, and seek to outwit death? It is 1969 and in Manhattan, New York, the 4 Jewish Gold children seek a light hearted encounter with a gypsy psychic, who tells each of them their prop...
  • Linda
    "The power of words. They weaseled under door cracks and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations."And the utterance of dates murmured by an unreliable mystical woman on a scorching hot summer's day is the focus of this story. It's 1969 in New York City and the four young Gold children set out to find this elusive woman who will tell them the dates of their deaths. Would you honestly want to know? The gift of ...
  • JanB
    2.5 starsWhat a unique and compelling premise. Would you want to know the date of your death? And if you did, how would that knowledge change the way you lived? If you change your life could that be the very thing that might hasten your demise? Or would you just try and make the most of every day? The book opens with 4 siblings visiting a fortune teller who tells each of them the exact day they would die. After this intriguing beginning, the stor...
  • Hannah
    In 1969, four siblings visit a mystical woman who tells each one the precise date of their death. This knowledge will define each sibling's life in various ways, be it because they live their life in spite of the knowledge or because of their knowledge. It is a novel about fate and agency, about finding a place in the world, about family and selfhood, about mistakes and guilt and forgiveness.This book's prologue was absolutely bloody brilliant. I...
  • Sam
    The conceit is fabulous: in 1969, the four Gold siblings visit a fortune teller who bestows upon them the date of their death. Like a stone dropped in a pond, the repercussions reverberate through time and we follow Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon across their individual life spans, their choices and actions made in spite of and in defiance of this "foreknowledge". Chloe Benjamin's debut novel The Immortalists juggles many questions - do we creat...
  • Holly B
    DNF at 30%
  • Lori
    This is my first 5 star rating of a novel that I didn’t really like at all most of the way through... I came very close to not finishing. That is why I am completely baffled by my own reaction. The pieces to this puzzle are not really unique on their own, however, once they come together the product is utterly amazing. Upon finishing I could not fathom giving it anything other than 5 stars. Would make a great book club pick... it yearns to be d...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Still need to chew on the rating overnight but this book was at least 4.5 stars! Full review to follow.
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  • Tammy
    I thought that this was going to be magical realism which I confess is not a subgenre that I enjoy. It isn't. Four siblings, as children, find out the date of their deaths and for the next fifty years their lives richochet about as they try to live with (or run from)this knowledge. The Immortalists is about life, the bonds between siblings as well as science, religion, dance and research monkeys. Yes, you read that correctly.
  • Diane Barnes
    Which is stronger, fate or free will? Can changing your actions alter your fate, or simply make it more inevitable? Should life be measured by longevity, or by joy? Should we fear death, or embrace life all the more because of it?These are the questions Chloe Benjamin has us consider in this beautiful novel. In 1969, 4 siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 7, visit a fortune teller who tells them the exact date of their death. How they handle this ...
  • Marie
    I absolutely loved this book! It was incredibly well written and forces the reader to ask important questions of themselves. It is a wonderful exploration of mortality what comprises a good life or a life well lived. Most of all, it was simply a delicious read… a book that pulls you in and unravels beautifully.The premise is that 4 siblings living in New York City in 1969, aged 7,9, 11 and 13, set out to visit a psychic to learn their futures. ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    How would you live your life differently if you knew the exact date of your death? It sounds like the kind of cheesy and faux-uplifting premise you might find in a Lifetime movie, but in Chloe Benjamin's capable hands, it's devastating, profound and intellectually stimulating.As young children, the four Gold siblings visit a fortune teller who reveals when each of them are going to die. Then, the book splits into four different part, following ea...
  • Michael
    For weeks I've been thinking about how to express my love for this book. No matter what I write, I won't be able to fully convey the ways in which this story and these characters affected me.
  • Rachel
    I'm so conflicted about The Immortalists. On the one hand, it was compulsively readable and at times rather hard-hitting, and on the other, I found the effort as a whole rather trite. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly striking or memorable. In the novel's prologue, in 1969 New York, the Gold siblings - Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon - visit a Romani fortune teller, who tells each of them the date they're going to die. The Immortalists is...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5My reviews and other random thoughts can also be seen at -------------->https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp...I will start by saying this book completely blew me away as I was expecting something completely different from what I got. The blurb itself doesn't really tell you much that there is to know about this book, and I actually love that. I will also say this book is not going to be for everyone. It's a thinker for sure, a...
  • Faith
    How would you live your life if you knew when you were going to die? That is the somewhat contrived premise of this book. Even without this premise however, this is a very good book about four Jewish American siblings in New York City, their fraught relationships and the choices that they make. The Gold family is comprised of the parents Saul and Gertie and their four children Varya, Daniel, Klara and Simon. One day in 1969 the children decide to...
  • Carole P. Roman
    Captivating and poetical, The Immortalists is a page-turning family saga that is an addicting read. Set in 1969, the four Gold siblings share an encounter with a fortune teller who informs them not of the successes in their future, but rather the date of their death. The information coupled with the sudden death of their father, implodes the family, fracturing their lives and sending them like shrapnel on a voyage to their destinies. After they s...
  • Selena
    I received a free copy of The immortalists by Chloe Benjamin from Bookish First for my honest review. A chilling and exciting thrill of a read. Beautiful and detailed writing. This book is a story about the four Gold Siblings. They all decide to sneak out of their New York home and go to visit a traveling fortune teller. The fortune teller predicts the date of each of the children's deaths. I love how this book was written in four different secti...