Pub Date 09 Jan 2018
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"A sprawling, enchanting family saga." --Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)
A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a "great new talent."
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.
“2018’s First Must-Read” —Entertainment Weekly
"...one of the buzziest books of 2018." —BookPage
“…an imaginative and satisfying family saga….The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin’s expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The narratives [Benjamin] offers are intriguingly intertwined and beautifully rendered....Thought-provoking and entertaining.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the very best kind of literary thriller, its suspense deriving from characters we care about deeply and surprises that feel embedded in our shared humanity. As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter.”
—Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times-bestselling author
“A beautiful, compassionate, and even joyful novel. Chloe Benjamin has written an inspiring book that makes you think hard about what you want to do with the time you’re given. This is not really a book about dying—it's a book about how to live.” —Nathan Hill, New York Times-bestselling author of The Nix
"For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, The Immortalists is about as good as it gets. A memorable and heartfelt look at what might happen to a family who knows too much. It's amazing how good this book is." —Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
National Book Tour:
January 9: San Francisco
Book Passage, 1pm / Green Apple Books, 7pm
January 10: San Francisco
Towne Center Books, 11:30am / Rakestraw Books, 7pm
January 11: Seattle
Elliott Bay Book Company, 7pm
January 12: Portland
Powell's Burnside, 7:30pm
January 13: Los Angeles
January 14: Denver
Tattered Cover Colfax, 2pm
January 15: Ann Arbor
January 17: Madison
Wisconsin Book Festival at Cooper's Tavern, 7pm
January 18: Milwaukee
Boswell's Books, 7pm
January 19: Chicago
Anderson's Bookshop, 7pm
January 20: Nashville
January 22: New York City
Books Are Magic, 7:30pm
January 23: Boston
Harvard Bookstore, 7pm