The Immortalists

The Immortalists

Book - 2018
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Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City's Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735213180
Branch Call Number: F BENJAMIN
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 24 cm


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A thought-provoking, sweeping family saga set in New York City's Lower East Side, 1969. Four siblings sneak out to visit a psychic who reveals to each, separately, the exact date of his or her death. The book goes on to recount five decades of experience shaped by the siblings' attempts to contro... Read More »

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 28, 2018

An excellent novel with a great sense of setting. I loved all the characters and I can already tell I’ll be thinking about it for a while. Lots of big ideas about life and death.

How would your life change if you knew the date on which you will die? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin’s novel, The Immortalists. It follows the lives of the Gold Family from 1960’s New York City to San Francisco in the 1980’s, Vegas in the ‘90s, to the present day in Upstate New York, and everything in between. The trajectory of the lives of the Gold siblings is permanently altered when they meet a psychic who reveals to each of them the date they will die. Benjamin takes us along for the ride as they grow from curious and innocent children in the summer of 1969, to adults with full and complex lives. One by one, we discover how their lives unfold, and how knowing when the end will come both burdens and frees them in unimaginable ways. Benjamin tackles the question of fate with clarity and heart, and I highly recommend The Immortalists for fans of thought-provoking, sweeping family sagas. (Submitted by Sarah J.)

Nov 17, 2018

All of the reviews have some truth to them. It is a well-written book with an interesting premise.

Nov 14, 2018

An interesting story about a family and their relationship to each other.

Oct 31, 2018

This story kept my curiosity peaked enough to finish it, but I found it quite depressing. And it left something left unanswered which drives me insane. It was an okay read, but not sure I would recommend it.

Hillsboro_AnnieS Oct 22, 2018

If you knew the date that you were going to die, how would it affect your life? This is the central question that the four Gold sibling grapple with after visiting a Roma woman who tells them each in turn, their own death-date. The book is told in four parts, one for each sibling. Set in New York City, San Francisco, and the American Southwest we follow the lives of each sibling as adults and witness how this terrible knowledge effects each of them differently. This wonderful novel has a touch of magical realism which will appeal to those who have enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri and Téa Obreht.

Oct 16, 2018

This book illustrates the pitfalls and advantages of knowing the date of your demise from an early age. You can use the knowledge to wrest every bit of joy from life while you have the chance, or you can be paralyzed into living an uncommitted life, unable to tether yourself strongly to those you know you will lose.

KateHillier Sep 24, 2018

It's 1969 and there's a woman who can tell you the date of your death. Four siblings go and find out theirs. What follows is their stories of how they live, or don't live, based on that date. You wonder how much of their choices is shaped by that date, a date that could be totally made up but what if it isn't? It's a simple enough concept but powerful in its own way as you trace tragedy and different places and times through the siblings.

Sep 17, 2018

A great read for a rainy weekend. I was particular entranced by Simon's section, which unfortunately, ended pretty quickly. The rest was a little bit boring, and I found myself skipping pages or simply not paying attention whatsoever. However, I appreciate the idea behind the book, and I am looking forward to reading Chloe Benjamin's other book as well.

Overall, I enjoyed the premise, and though it took me awhile to drop into her cadence, Benjamin's writing was captivating enough to keep me reading.

Sep 16, 2018

I could not put this book down. I was engrossed with the tale of these four siblings and what would happen to them. This book made me evaluate how we should enjoy every moment and seize the day.

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