The Immortalists

The Immortalists

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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735213197
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (346 pages).
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Gill_library Jan 12, 2018

If you knew when you were going to die, would you live your life differently or drive towards the prediction?


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lib_kent
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.

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naturepod
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.

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lovebugs95
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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talk2terih
Sep 02, 2018

Is how we die destiny or a self-fulfilled prophecy? That is the question the reader must ask himself as the tales of 4 siblings of the Gold family unfold

The premise the author presents is interesting. If we know the date of our death, how will it alter and inform our behavior throughout our lives. The four siblings around whom the tale centers visit a fortune teller as very young children. The fortune teller gives each child, separately, the date they will die. As they grow into adulthood, each carries this knowledge with them and it shapes their lives, always a factor in the life choices they make, and is a different type of burden for each one of them.

It proves to be a hard knowledge for the siblings and sometimes blinds them to their own self interest, particularly as their predicted dates get closer.

This book is dark and not particularly happy, although there are happy moments. I came away from it feeling relieved that I don't have to carry the burden of knowing the date of my death, and feeling that I have some control (illusory as that feeling may be) over my fate.

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njon38
Aug 18, 2018

Four siblings in 1969 new York go to a Roma fortune teller to learn the date of their death. simon, goes to SF and dies of AIDS before anyone knows what the disease is, Klara follows the footsteps of her grandmother and becomes a magician, Daniel becomes an army doctor, and Varya becomes a longevity researcher. It is really well written and poses the question in the four section will they die on the augured date because it is their destiny, or because the prediction draws them into an altered pattern of life choices?

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Rachelc24
Aug 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent story telling. Great character development. What if you knew the exact date of your death? Would it change your entire life. Would it affect all your decisions? This book explores those heavy questions, with an interesting and entertaining narrative.

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Linyarai
Aug 03, 2018

I mostly enjoyed this book, I liked the story idea and how each section focused on one of the siblings. I did not like the ending and lack of completion.

MrsIredale Jul 04, 2018

A lovely book that kept me wanting more, but felt like enough.

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cloudi72
Jun 28, 2018

This book seemed realistic in the way she had the characters interacting, the love, the grudges, the worries, and concerns or no concern. It's a book of what one chooses to believe in the face of fate, or can belief alter destiny? Some of the characters were way predictable, nonetheless, a good book overall. What will happen to Ruby, later in life?

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