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The Immortalists

A Novel

by Chloe Benjamin

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
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    Jan 2018, 352 pages

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Spanning five decades, Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists is a sweeping tale of four siblings that explores weighty, primal themes of life, death, and family.

On a summer day in 1969 in New York City, the Gold children agree to seek out a mysterious neighborhood fortune teller who is rumored to be able to predict the day you will die. One by one they enter the psychic's apartment, from youngest to oldest – Simon, Klara, Daniel, and finally Varya – to receive their fortune, which they are warned to keep secret. As the siblings regroup outside, visibly distressed, they realize that whether the fortune teller is genuine or a charlatan is almost inconsequential; these predictions are going to haunt them for the rest of their numbered days.

After this intriguing prologue, The Immortalists shifts into four distinct sections set over the next fifty years, each focusing on one of the Gold siblings as they forge their own identities in light of their fortunes.

This simple but effective mystical conceit allows Benjamin to expertly...

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