If you knew the date of your death, how would you live?
by Chloe Benjamin
Pub Date 08 Mar 2018
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'Boundlessly moving' Observer
'Immersive and impressive' The Sunday Times
'Benjamin writes with verve and charm' Guardian
The NEW YORK TIMES Top Ten Bestseller
It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.
Such prophecies could be dismissed as trickery and nonsense, yet the Golds bury theirs deep. Over the years that follow they attempt to ignore, embrace, cheat and defy the 'knowledge' given to them that day - but it will shape the course of their lives forever.
'Such is her dazzling sureness of touch that you wonder if here is a writer who is truly capable of anything' Daily Mail
Prestigious BEA Buzz Book 2018 - amazing track record of becoming the year’s hottest books.
Over the past 3 years, nine of them became New York Times bestsellers.
‘A great new talent’ Lorrie Moore
THE POOL Bedtime Bookclub – confirmed for publication week.
‘Chloe Benjamin is a novelist to watch…. as deft and dizzying as a high-wire act…. the reader is beguiled with unexpected twists and stylish, crisp prose’ The Economist
‘A captivating idea, executed with wit, care and enormous charm’ The Big Issue
RED MAGAZINE (Feb)–‘2018 hotly anticipated reads’, ‘we’re predicting a huge groundswell of love’
UK reviews confirmed so far in RED, PRIMA, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, WOMAN & HOME &
‘Full of wisdom & love, tragedy & hope. A paean to life in all its complexities. And some of my favourite literary characters in years’ Hannah Beckerman
‘Like the lovechild of Armistead Maupin and Elizabeth Strout’ Nina Pottell
‘Her spare, yet gorgeously robust prose belies her youth and every page is imbued with her obvious storytelling skill’ The Washington Post
Belletrist Book of the month pick by American Horror Story actress Emma Roberts
Clever, sharp, wonderfully ambitious.’ Louise O’Neill, author of Asking for It
‘The four siblings were so real to me that when I turned the last page I immediately missed their company.’ Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days
‘Thought-provoking, suspenseful, moving, intelligent. A beautifully written family saga. EXQUISITE’
Will Dean author of Dark Pines
‘Grapples with all the biggest issues in life in a profound and unforgettable way’ NYLON.COM
‘If you’ve ever had an existential thought in your life, you’ll see yourself in every sibling—in their gut-wrenchingly human existence—and be reminded that life is by turns complicated, fun, disastrous, painful, and out of our control.’ GOOP.COM
‘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.’ BOOKBUB
'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, author of The Nix
‘As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter’ Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls
‘Benjamin is at turns funny, tragic, informative, and mystical. And, like a good magic act, you’ll be wondering what on earth she’ll pull out of the hat next. The Immortalists demands to be discussed, dissected, and pondered long after reading’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You