'It's amazing how good this book is' says Karen Joy Fowler: discover Chloe Benjamin's THE IMMORTALISTS, a sweeping family drama for fans of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES and FATES AND FURIES.
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.
Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.
A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, THE IMMORTALISTS is a story about how we live, how we die, and what we do with the time we have.
About the Author
Chloe Benjamin is the author of The Anatomy of Dreams , which won the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She lives with her husband in Wisconsin.
Thought-provoking, suspenseful, moving, intelligent. Exquisite. -- Will Dean, author of DARK PINES To describe Chloe Benjamin's second novel as a story about the evolution of a family would be true, but wholly insignificant for the breadth and depth of this amazing work of fiction....Her spare, yet gorgeously robust prose belies her youth and every page is imbued with her obvious storytelling skill * Washington Post * Imaginative and satisfying . . . A cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. 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 * Publisher's Weekly * Like literary nectar. I LOVE it -- Hannah Beckerman Not many books have this sort of vivid immediacy -- Sara Taylor, author of THE LAURAS * Lady * One for those who like a rich story along the lines of Manhattan Beach or The Time Traveler's Wife * Irish News * 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 The four siblings were so real to me that when I turned the last page I immediately missed their company. I was fascinated by the idea of knowing the date of one's death and seeing how each character in The Immortalists handled that knowledge, but maybe even more than that, I loved how Benjamin conveyed the intimate details of these people, which made them and their stories come alive -- Claire Fuller, author of OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS 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 Such a beautiful, melancholy, absorbing book -- Anna James THE IMMORTALISTS made me want to hug my siblings. I couldn't put it down -- Carys Bray A captivating idea, executed with wit, care and enormous charm * Big Issue * The very best kind of literary thriller -- Richard Russo A great new talent -- Lorrie Moore As deft and dizzying as a high-wire act... the reader is beguiled with unexpected twists and stylish, crisp prose...[an] ambitious, unorthodox tale * Economist * A captivating family saga * New York Times Book Review * 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
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 11th January 2018
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 23.3 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1