The Immortalists

The Immortalists

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 ne If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East ...

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Title:The Immortalists
Author:Chloe Benjamin
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Immortalists
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:346 pages pages

The Immortalists Reviews

  • Cheri
    Apr 15, 2018
    The year is 1969, as this story begins, Varya is thirteen, a child no longer, but still hovering on the verge of becoming a woman. ?They wind through the neighborhood, all four of them: Varya, the eldest; Daniel, eleven; Klara, nine; and Simon, seven. Daniel leads the way, taking...
  • JanB
    Jan 22, 2018
    2.5 stars What a unique and compelling premise. Would you want to know the date of your death? And if you did, how would that knowledge change the way you lived? If you change your life could that be the very thing that might hasten your demise? Or would you just try and make the mo...
  • Elyse
    Feb 03, 2018
    Update ---I must add one more thought to this review: *The-Book-Cover* is not only lovely -- but now that I've read the book -- I recognize this 'perfect' design is symbolic to this story. Jewish Kabbalists believe "The Tree of Life" to be a diagrammatic representation of the process...
  • Annet
    Mar 14, 2018
    The Immortalists?. Imagine you are a kid and together with your siblings you sneak out of the house to go see a gypsy woman who is said to be able predict the day you die? It?s 1969 in New York City?s East side, and word has spread about a mystical woman, a traveling psychic?...
  • Carol
    Aug 29, 2017
    E-galley provided by Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam & Sons, and Author Chloe Benjamin. To be published January 9, 2018. A special shout out to Michael Kindness for his profuse recommendation of The Immortalists. I was lured in wanting to know the fate of the four Gold siblings whose dat...
  • Marialyce
    Jan 02, 2018
    5 stars for a book that makes you think. "Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come." What if you knew the day, the month, the year of your death? Would that make you li...
  • Dem
    Mar 23, 2018
    3.5 Stars. Would your life change if you had been given the date on which you would die? Set in 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, word spreads that there is a a traveling psychic who claims she can tell folks the date of their deaths. . The Gold children?four adolescents ...
  • Lori
    Dec 31, 2017
    This is my first 5 star rating of a novel that I didn?t really like at all most of the way through... I came very close to not finishing. That is why I am completely baffled by my own reaction. The pieces to this puzzle are not really unique on their own, however, once they come toge...
  • Esil
    Jan 20, 2018
    I didn?t love everything about The Immortalists, but I found it powerful in parts, and especially at the end. After giving it some thought, I?m comfortable with a 4 star rating. The book focuses on four siblings. At the beginning, as children and young teens growing up in Manhat...
  • Emily May
    Dec 04, 2017
    "And what if I change?" It seems impossible that Varya's future is already inside her like an actress just offstage, waiting decades to leave the wings. "Then you'd be special. 'Cause most people don't." 2 1/2 stars. I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Immortalists. Though th...
  • Julie
    Feb 13, 2018
    The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is a 2018 G.P. Putnam?s Sons publication. In a novel, so centered on death, there is a tremendous amount of life and living within these pages. Beginning in 1969, the four Gold siblings boldly knock on the door of a fortune teller who then ...
  • Larry H
    Sep 02, 2017
    I'd rate this 4.5 stars. If you could know the exact day of your death, would you want to find out? If you did find out, how would knowing that information affect how you lived your life? These questions are at the heart of The Immortalists , Chloe Benjamin's deeply affecting and b...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jan 18, 2018
    Which is stronger, fate or free will? Can changing your actions alter your fate, or simply make it more inevitable? Should life be measured by longevity, or by joy? Should we fear death, or embrace life all the more because of it? These are the questions Chloe Benjamin has us consid...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Nov 07, 2017
    Still need to chew on the rating overnight but this book was at least 4.5 stars! Full review to follow. ...
  • Carol
    Jan 12, 2018
    3.5 Stars. BEWARE the woman on Hester Street.As the story begins, it's 1969 New York when four bored adolescent siblings....just for a bit of fun....pool their allowances and sneak out to track down a Seer they heard tell about who could predict the date of their death. What they disco...
  • Linda
    Jan 21, 2018
    "The power of words. They weaseled under door cracks and through keyholes. They hooked into individuals and wormed through generations." And the utterance of dates murmured by an unreliable mystical woman on a scorching hot summer's day is the focus of this story. It's 1969 in New Y...
  • Karen
    Jan 17, 2018
    4.5 for this novel centered around 4 siblings in New York. It?s 1969, these Jewish siblings ages 13-7, two boys and two girls, hear on the street that there is a woman in the city who can tell fortunes. They visit her and she sees them one at a time, and tells them the date they will...
  • Victoria
    May 29, 2018
    ?The impossibility of moving beyond loss, faced against the likelihood you will: it?s as absurd, as seemingly miraculous, as survival always is.? The power of this story is in the larger questions it poses. Do our personally held beliefs play a significant role in shaping ou...
  • Jen
    Feb 01, 2018
    Would you want to know when you will die? It would give you a chance to live life to its fullest or could hang over you like a death sentence. It's 1969 and the 4 young Gold siblings decide to chance it when a gypsy comes to town to find out when their expiration dates are up. ...
  • Philip
    May 08, 2018
    3.5ish stars. An enjoyable family saga/character study with the tiniest dash of magical realism, but it's missing something. Without the something, it's unmemorable and unremarkable. The kids of the Gold family have a gypsy psychic tell them the dates of their deaths, which is ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Oct 28, 2017
    Live each day as if it were your last, while also not knowing it's your last day. ? 4.5 stars rounded up for The Immortalists The Immortalists is a different sort of book. Hard to classify, and while it may not be for everybody, it was an addictive read for me. Four young siblings...
  • Paromjit
    Jan 30, 2018
    Chloe Benjamin's epic The Immortalists has us considering some of the most fundamental and complex questions about life and how we live it. It is thought provoking as it asks does knowledge of our mortality make us live our life to the utmost or makes us fearful, guilty, and seek to ou...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Nov 19, 2017
    This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and only two of us were left standing in the Lush Coulee with the rest of the sisters leaving the coulee at or before the first goal of this book. Thank you to Jennifer for reading this one with me, it was a pleasure and I loved the discussion t...
  • Hannah
    Jul 27, 2017
    In 1969, four siblings visit a mystical woman who tells each one the precise date of their death. This knowledge will define each sibling's life in various ways, be it because they live their life in spite of the knowledge or because of their knowledge. It is a novel about fate and age...
  • Jenny
    Jul 27, 2018
    This was a book from the library on my want to read list. I just finished and couldn?t put it down but now filled with sadness and a general feeling of true unnecessary sorrow for the family. So many themes in this book, fate vs freewill, happiness versus duty/obligation, freedom v...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 21, 2018
    Conceptually intriguing but lackluster in its execution. Benjamin?s contemporary coming-of-age tantalizes with its premise of four siblings who encounter a traveling psychic who reveals when they will die but is feather-light in its examination of the line between destiny and choice....
  • Navidad Thelamour
    Sep 13, 2017
    See my exclusive interview with Chloe Benjamin about her novel The Immortalists here! ?There are two major theories about how to stop aging?? ??It sounds like you?re saying we can choose to live. Or we can choose to survive.? Chloe Benjamin?s The Immortalists is ...
  • Tammy
    Oct 11, 2017
    I thought that this was going to be magical realism which I confess is not a subgenre that I enjoy. It isn't. Four siblings, as children, find out the date of their deaths and for the next fifty years their lives richochet about as they try to live with (or run from) this knowledge. Th...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jun 10, 2018
    3.5? 3.75? I actually ended up liking this more than I expected! The premise was very intriguing. Four siblings meet a psychic who tells them the exact date they will die. It tend influences how they choose to live their lives. This felt more like a historical fiction/contempo...
  • Sam
    Aug 11, 2017
    The conceit is fabulous: in 1969, the four Gold siblings visit a fortune teller who bestows upon them the date of their death. Like a stone dropped in a pond, the repercussions reverberate through time and we follow Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon across their individual life spans, th...