The Immortalists

The Immortalists

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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. Their 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, hoping to control fate. Bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781432848910
1432848917
Characteristics: 535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Elsda5
Feb 16, 2020

This book was very disappointing. The first 60 pages dealt with the sexual activities of one of the characters and I don't care to have details about this sort of activity, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. The next section dealt with another character and bizarre incidents and then on to the other two. I stopped reading it half way through. Not worth reading in my opinion.

CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

In her second novel, Chloe Benjamin has crafted a thought- provoking masterpiece which will have readers questioning every character's path. Though there is some graphic content early in the book, this would be an intriguing choice for open-minded book groups interested in tackling philosophical questions about life choices, destiny, and what happens after we die.

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mnack_0
Nov 27, 2019

Fantastic! Thought-provoking. This book was a real page-turner which I find to be a rarity. So well researched! You never doubted for a minute the verisimilitude of the story. Looking forward to reading more from this young woman. ☺

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swheeler89
Oct 31, 2019

ugghhh.... a great concept and story-line wasted by a frustrating style and underdeveloped characters. Not sure how this received such positive reviews - was sadly let down.

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Interesting concept. Quick read

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Girlmom9d3
Aug 23, 2019

This was a fantastic read. I felt the characters were well developed and relatable and there were many valuable questions being asked throughout the course of this novel. I would highly suggest this for book clubs as there is so much to unpack within these pages. Benjamin explores sexual identity, mental health, and even religion in a meaningful way.

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idthorne
Aug 16, 2019

While this is a well written book with compelling characters, the strength of this book lies in the complicated relationships among siblings, particularly among the four siblings in this book. They are close in thought while distant in geography and action. Regret about behavior among siblings, a prominent theme in this book, is very common but usually dwarfed by vast literature regarding spouses and parent-child relationships. We spend our most sensitive and formative years with our siblings and then must separate and lead individual lives. It seems a lot simpler among primates and other animal species than among humans.

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apeksha_rk
Jul 24, 2019

"The power of words. They weaseled under door crevices and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations."

I was totally engrossed in this read and loved Chloe's writing. Check out my full review on Goodreads here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2564756437?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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Ana_Becerra
Jul 07, 2019

Disappointing ending like the fact that the last few lines are not about Varya. They are about Ruby who in a way is the next generation, the one that will live on so maybe that's what the author was trying to do. I liked the insight into someone like Varya. In conclusion, I would want to know the day I will die.

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iujigga2003
Apr 25, 2019

Unique change of pace story but a little slow-going. The book is broken into parts for each of the four siblings. These parts/stories tell life highlights of each sibling and their viewpoint of the overall story of a mother who continues to lose immediate family members and four children who's time of death has been predicted. The story of the gay younger brother became graphic so would not recommend this book for children under 18 as it was definitely too much for me.

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Apr 25, 2019

iujigga2003 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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