Monday, March 12, 2018

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

New York, 1969. The four adolescent Gold siblings visit a local fortune teller who claims that she can tell each of them exactly when they’ll die—down to the month, day, and year. With her prophecies about their respective death days in mind, the Golds find themselves on vastly different paths in life.

In search of identity, Simon flees to San Francisco. Klara’s obsession with illusion and magic leads her to Las Vegas. Responsible, dependable Daniel becomes an Army doctor. Pragmatic Varya devotes herself to a scientific career studying longevity.

As the siblings’ lives diverge over the span of decades, the fortune teller’s prophecies linger in each of their minds. But just how much of life is choice, and how much is fate? Both heartbreaking and illuminating, The Immortalists poses the ultimate question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

Search the VBPL catalog for The Immortalists. If you enjoy this book, you might also like Someone by Alice McDermott and Home by Marilynne Robinson.

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