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
ISBN9780735213180
Author
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Adult
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Reviews The Immortalists

  • Emily May
    2017-12-04
    "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
    2017-09-02
    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
    2017-11-19
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2017-10-28
    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 ...
  • Sam
    2017-08-11
    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...
  • Hannah
    2017-07-27
    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...
  • Holly B
    2017-12-07
    DNF at 30%
  • Navidad Thelamour
    2017-09-13
    “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 itself. More than that, it is a novel crafted around a question we all ask ourselves...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    2017-11-07
    Still need to chew on the rating overnight but this book was at least 4.5 stars! Full review to follow.